Putney Wharf Tower

London 2003

Consideration of urban design issues enabled 30% extra space to be generated in the remodelling and extension of a 1960s office tower for house builder St George. It is now an award-winning apartment building with restaurant and riverside terrace that adds value to the location.

Re-using and re-cladding the retained tower’s structure and adding a new 'prow' have created a sustainable, more valuable building and a vibrant piece of Putney. Terracotta cladding references nearby Putney High Street's Victorian red brick while the stepped upper terraces were created by removing some of the existing structure. Although this reduced the floor space of the original building, it improved its profile and added value to the penthouse apartments which now feature terraces. A Saturday farmers’ market occupies the popular public space.

 

 

RIBA Housing Design Awards 2003
Wandsworth Design
Award 2003
Regeneration Awards
2004 Best Building
Transformation
National Homebuilder
Design Awards 2005
CABE Silver Award 2005

What makes the development a striking success is the quality of the new public spaces that it has generated...the immaculately maintained riverside squares and gardens are a real public asset, an astute use of the planning system to provide gains for the whole community.
Kenneth Powell