A new London riverside walkway and residential development will deliver tranquil spaces for residents and unprecedented public access to the Thames.
Construction has began on the former site of the Tideway Wharf in London’s Nine Elms regeneration area, which will be transformed into an attractive riverside walk alongside outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by future residents of the new residential development at Riverlight.
Public realm designers Gillespies, developers St. James and architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have collaborated to create a permeable open-space that will transpose the historical elements of the 19th century dock site into a contemporary style.
The placing of water features is designed to encourage the public to pause and relax, and trees encourage wildlife, provide shade and provide human scale by contrasting with the proximity of the buildings.
Gillespies partner Stephen Richards said: “Water is a recurrent theme in our designs for Riverlight. It provides a visual connection with the Thames, and reinforces the site’s place as an interface between land and river. The use of water also echoes the historical context of the site, as water was originally present in the form of historic millponds.”
The transformation of the Riverlight site forms part of a major series of redevelopment proposals in Wandsworth and Lambeth, stretching from Vauxhall Station in the east to Battersea Power Station in west London. The area, known as the ‘Nine Elms Opportunity Area’ is the largest regeneration project in central London. The overall strategy allows for the possibility of a more continuous public riverside walkway in the future.