Down by the river

Nick Myall
Monday 15 Oct 2018

This scheme’s design language and material choices reflect the historical dockside context of this site by the River Thames

MSMR first achieved planning consent to redevelop Ransomes Wharf in Battersea in 2015. Now under development by Trentworth Properties Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), the 1.6 acre site will include six buildings of up to 10 storeys, accommodating 118 high quality private and affordable apartments with approx. 2,200 sq m of flexible commercial space and substantial new public realm works.

Central to MSMR’s residential-led scheme for the Wharf is a new public square, designed as a flexible amenity space for residents and the wider community. A key objective of the development has been to maximise the permeability of the site and MSMR’s design introduces a number of new pedestrian routes to Ransomes Wharf, including a primary route through the central square, as well as access to the Thames Path.

The scheme’s design language and material choices reflect the historical context of the site, referencing the dockside warehouse aesthetic and the former Domus Tiles factory which was located near the Wharf. A brickwork ‘grid’, typical of London Wharves, and interpretations of existing patterns and materials found on the site, inform the elevational treatment.

Commercial units flank the square at ground level, enlivening the space and encouraging ‘occupation’ of the external spaces. Elements of play will be introduced throughout the public realm, which has been designed to complement existing facilities, especially those in nearby Battersea Park.

MSMR’s interior fit-out design concept continues to draw on the industrial warehouse aesthetic using a material palette of exposed structural concrete, rough cut timber, dark metal and Corten finishes.

Careful internal planning given to the residential element of the scheme has ensured a high proportion of family-sized affordable units, with all accommodation exceeding London Housing Design Guide standards. Residential accommodation throughout Ransomes Wharf benefits from private amenity space in the form of balconies, terraces or private gardens.

MSMR Director, Simon Robinson says, ‘Ransomes Wharf is an exciting project for us. We’ve designed a new neighbourhood for London including 118 new homes and new public spaces linking the site to the River Thames.’

On the adjacent Elcho Street, MSMR Architects are on site for Trentworth Properties Ltd to construct a 10-storey tower that will deliver a commercial space with 4 duplex apartments above. MSMR's award-winning design breaks convention in terms of building height, materiality, apartment size and mix, but garnered the full support of the local authority’s planning department to achieve planning consent at first application.

Nick Myall

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