One Tower Bridge – a winning development on many levels

For number of years visitors to the Tower of London have been watching the remarkable regeneration, taking shape across the river, of the former grounds and coach park of Lambeth College.

One Tower Bridge by Berkeley Homes is steeped in heritage. The interiors have been designed to be world-class and incorporate every comfort and advantage that the very latest modern technology can afford. A suite of facilities, including a swimming pool dressed in white gold and marble, a business centre and dedicated concierge service offer residents an exclusive retreat.

The judges of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards were so impressed with One Tower Bridge that they awarded its architects Architect of the Year, the interiors Best Interior Design and the new community joint Development of the Year for projects above 100 homes. Hardly surprising Berkeley Homes then collected the Homebuilder of the Year award.

Respecting the local architectural heritage

The mixed-use development will comprise of a total of 376 homes ranging from studio apartments to four-bedroom penthouses with vast roof terraces, built alongside retail units, communal gardens and new public realm.

The community will comprise of nine distinct buildings that respect the architectural heritage of the area including signature brickwork and the utilitarian designs of Shad Thames to the ultramodern, glazed elevations of More London.

The district buildings are:

  • Cambridge House
  • Sandringham House
  • Wessex House
  • Tudor House
  • The Tower
  • York House
  • Windsor House
  • Lancaster House
  • Lalit Boutique Hotel

The development is in a complex and sensitive location with part of the site falling under the Metropolitan Open Land and Strategic Views Protecting Viewing Corridor and partially within the Tower Bridge Conservation Area.

The site is also part of what is known as the ‘string of pearls’, which are important tourist and landmark buildings that mark the route along the south bank of the Thames from the National Theatre, past the Tate Modern and the Globe and then across Tower Bridge to the Tower of London.

These designations meant that Berkeley Homes had to deliver a high quality, mixed-use development that answered housing need but safeguarded the local built heritage and strategic views.

Possibly one of the last prominent riverside sites in the capital, it is a scheme with Londonwide significance and Berkeley assembled a team of architects and designers to deliver its vision for this prestigious address.

The design of the development was given to Squire and Partners with building work commencing in 2013. Construction will continue until 2017.

Having collected the Architect of the Year award Michael Squire commented:

“We are delighted to be recognised as Architect of the Year by the prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards, as well as winning Development of Year for One Tower Bridge.

“The overall design of the scheme has been optimised to take advantage of unique views of Tower Bridge and over the River Thames to the Tower of London and the high rise collaboration of landmark buildings that now mark out the City.”

Mixing resident facilities with affordable housing

A Campanile Tower sits at the heart of One Tower Bridge. Rising 20-storeys it forms a visual link with the Oxo Tower and Tate Modern further along the river towards Westminster.

Retail units with high frontages will border onto Potters Fields Park, which is widely used by tourists and visitors. New pedestrian routes will include a Dickensian-style retail street called Duchess Walk, which will encourage pedestrian traffic through the scheme.

Residents at One Tower Bridge will be able to take advantage of a new boutique hotel and elegant restaurant in the adjacent Grade II listed Victorian building currently being refurbished by The Lalit Group.

The affordable housing provision at One Tower Bridge is excellent. The 42 apartments, owned by the Corporation of London enjoy the use of two substantial roof terraces with amazing views. This provision is 316 per cent over the minimum policy requirement. In addition, Berkeley has contributed £10.51 million towards affordable housing provision across the borough of Southwark.

Dedicated concierge service and web portal

All expectations will be met and surpassed with the facilities available to all private residents at One Tower Bridge.

The concierge at One Tower Bridge sets a new benchmark in bespoke services. Able to meet a range of demands, from booking long/short haul travel, to arranging helicopters and taxis. The concierge team can also book tickets, help with party planning or organise fresh flowers and gourmet food deliveries.

They will also take deliveries, arrange maid services, and greet and meet guests upon arrival. When residents are abroad, the team will maintain their unoccupied apartments.

Residents will also have access to One Tower Bridge’s web portal, which provides communication between residents and managing staff, through online booking systems, fault reporting and announcements. It also provides real-time information bespoke to each building, providing residents with valuable information such as the latest travel news.

Residents are able to use the portal to book spa treatments, dry cleaning and organise refuse collection. The portal also hosts home demonstration videos in a variety of languages.

Private Health Club and Spa

The private Health Club and Spa, managed by Harrods Estates, is open 365 days a year from 6.30am to 10pm and creates a sanctuary for residents providing opportunities to relax, be pampered or keep fit.

The highlight of the Health Club is the swimming pool and adjacent vitality pool. The décor is elegant and refined with sparkling white gold tiles in the pool area and a white marble wall with mood lighting.

The 20m long swimming pool is ideal for exercising, while the vitality pool with its spa settings and massage jets is perfect for relaxing. Residents also have the use of the unisex sauna and steam rooms. There is an additional sauna located in the ladies changing rooms.

A fully fitted therapy room also provides the perfect space for beauty and relaxation treatments.

The gym is equipped with state-of-the-art sports and training equipment, with a dedicated dance studio on the first floor.

Cutting edge Technogym® equipment enables residents to connect to Wi-Fi and even video call via Skype while working out.

Upon request, residents also have access to a select team of health care professionals including personal trainers, yoga teachers, sports massage therapists and nutritionists.

Golf players can even practice their swing in a virtual golf room, complete with comfortable lounge chairs.

Facilities for global business

The development’s self-contained business suite, with its rich wooden finishes and dramatic stonework, can be used at any time by residents at One Tower Bridge.

Every requirement has been considered with a boardroom for formal meetings and sofas for informal discussions. There is even a kitchen for refreshments.

Security in style

Every single inch of the development has been thought through, right down to the Conran & Partners-designed underground car park.

The Klaus Trendvario 4100 stacker system optimises parking space and there is an electronic entry system.

Spaces are available to purchase, and residents can also join a 24-hour, pay-asyou-drive Car Club.

Careful thought has also been given to resident safety and security with a specially designed fire escape, which is often neglected in some developments. This essential resource has also been styled to be in keeping with the development’s hotel-style living.

Setting the tone

The development’s show apartment, designed by award winning Honky Design, which is located on the first floor of Cambridge House, showcases the luxurious standards to be found at One Tower Bridge.

Burnished bronze lifts take residents up to all the apartments and into the communal corridors.

On exiting the lift the show apartment’s entrance hall immediately sets the tone. A veined marble floor in a ‘bookmatched’ diamond pattern frames the entrance, mirrored by the same design on the ceiling.

Lighting illuminates the coffered ceiling and the bespoke parquet dark oak flooring, also in a triangular design, continues through to the main reception rooms.

The colour palette throughout Cambridge House is opulent with dark golds, ebony and polished champagne bronze, with the One Tower Bridge motif a constant presence.

All apartments at One Tower Bridge have been designed to maximise the view. The show apartment’s living area and open plan kitchen is dominated by the sight of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City, all viewed through the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors which run the entire width of the apartment.

The kitchen/living area is elegant, with marble, burnished bronze and wood throughout.

Art Deco influences are strong throughout the apartment but particularly in the bathroom, which adjoins the master bedroom. Its rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation are reminiscent of a 1920s luxury ocean liner.

The keynote throughout is ‘future heritage’, combining a forward-thinking aesthetic with respect for traditional craftsmanship. Berkeley has even dressed the fourth room as a study, with shelving and a bar.

In addition to the state-of-the-art entertainment provision, the apartment has the latest in Smart Home Technology where the lighting, blinds, heating and curtain tracks can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world from a smartphone app.

The dimmable lighting can be set to five different ‘scenes’ in the living area and all bedrooms.

To provide access to outdoors a terrace runs the entire width of the living room and there is also a recessed balcony off one of the bedrooms, which looks out over the heart of the development.

Penthouses at One Tower Bridge

The penthouses at One Tower Bridge with their unique layouts, fully glazed living spaces, fullheight windows, large floorplates and unique views have proved to be very popular.

The Prospero Penthouse has one of the largest roof terraces in London and is the only penthouse residence to occupy the 10th and 11th floors of Sandringham House.

Walking up the stairs to the roof terrace of the Romeo Penthouse, in Wessex House, and you enter a glazed lobby with a fireplace so that residents can enjoy the view even on the wettest of days. There are also lounging, dining and kitchen areas, as well a sheltered hot tub.

Presently under construction, The Tower at One Tower Bridge sits at the centre of the development.

Comprising one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom duplexes, The Tower will be crowned by a one-off, three-bedroom triplex penthouse, with the entire middle level occupied by the master bedroom suite.

The entire uppermost floor of The Triplex is devoted to a roof terrace with a hot tub, dining area, sitting area and kitchen with panoramic views across London.

Stylish gardens

Landscape architect Murdock Wickham has designed the exclusive courtyard garden to be a tranquil retreat and also a space where future social events may be held.

There is also an elegant courtyard in front of The Tower, which will be open to the public as part of one of the new pedestrian routes through the development.

A new fountain will be the main focus, with plentiful seating to encourage people to stay and enjoy the space.

Not resting on its laurels

Commenting on the One Tower Bridge’s success at their awards the Sunday Times reported:

“With three London icons on its doorstep – Tower Bridge, the Thames and City Hall – the Berkeley scheme at One Tower Bridge could have rested on its laurels. Yet it doesn’t: most of the 400-plus flats have a private balcony or terrace, and the buildings frame that famous view.”