Architect Patel Taylor and St George have completed the first new building at London Dock, the redevelopment of the famous former News International site in Wapping.
Clipper Wharf, a 57 homes residential development comprising of one, two and three bedroom apartments, is part of the first phase of the 220,000 sqm regeneration. This marks a new chapter in the site’s colourful history from its origins as a mercantile centre through the era of newspapers and printing of 1980s and beyond.
Patel Taylor was appointed by developer St George to design the masterplan, the Phase 1 buildings and the landscape for the prestigious new development, which takes inspiration from the site’s dockland heritage.
Clipper Wharf is located at the head of the new public space of Gauging Square. Conceived as a jewel-like, contemporary addition to the nearby Grade II listed Pennington Street warehouse, its eight-storey design is informed by the strong east-west axis set up by this 350m long building.
The new development’s axial podium frame extends the linearity of the warehouse while its glazed tower addresses aspects to the north and south. These principal facades are characterised by faceted glazing and anodized aluminium balconies that create a rich composition of varied angles, reflections and depth.
Each façade is enclosed within a ‘picture frame’ of bronze-coloured, anodized aluminium cladding. Balcony soffits are coloured a contrasting white to give a crisp edge to the balcony fronts and provide reflected light into the residential accommodation. The high quality of materials and detailing helps create a sense of robust permanence in keeping with the dockside setting.
Clipper Wharf will be followed by the completion of two more Patel Taylor-designed apartment buildings at Gauging Square – Admiral Wharf and Alexander Wharf.
Occupying half of the site will be a series of public gardens, developed by Patel Taylor in collaboration with French landscape architect Allain Provost.
Andrew Taylor of Patel Taylor said of project: “The building was conceptually developed as a complement to the permanent dockside architecture; a piece of ancillary design inspired by the iron cranes and winches that provided an interface between the docks edge and the brick warehouses.”
Upcoming events at London Dock:
6th June – As part of London Festival Architecture, Andrew Taylor of Patel Taylor will speak at London Dock at an evening talk on the project.
1st July – As part of Art Night 2017, London Dock will host a video installation by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and special performance by Jake Chapman’s band
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About Patel Taylor
Patel Taylor is a London-based architecture practice led by Pankaj Patel and Andrew Taylor. Founded in 1989, the practice’s work ranges from city scale planning and urban landscapes, to leading residential, mixed-use and workplace developments, education and cultural buildings. Patel Taylor’s work reflects a view of design as a process embracing the historical and social dimension of places as well as their visual and aesthetic context, enhanced by material and craft. The practice is involved with some of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the UK including two new mixed-use buildings on the Southbank, and London masterplans for White City, Wapping, and Earls Court. In Birmingham, Patel Taylor completed the city’s first urban park in 130 years, Eastside City Park, in 2012.
About London Dock
Granted planning permission in 2014, the world-class Patel Taylor masterplan for London Dock comprises:
- 1,800 homes, 486 homes of which will be affordable (30% of overall habitable rooms)
- 210,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace
- Six acres public open space including a major new civic square
- Land for a six form entry secondary school and sixth form college (1,200 pupils)
The first residents move in to London Dock in winter 2016. In addition to the 90 Bow Arts Trust studios, London Dock is currently host to an immersive dining experience and a pop up park. In 2017 JTP architects (formerly John Thompson and Partners) will relocate their offices and studios to London Dock.
A fifth of the construction workforce is from the local borough and the development has already supported thirty local apprentices.
About St George
St George is proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group, London’s leading mixed-use developer and a FTSE 250 company. We regenerate brownfield land to create thriving new communities in attractive landscaped environments.
Since 2007, St George has developed 91 acres of brownfield land; delivered 6,500 homes, 30% of which are affordable; completed 286,000 sq ft of commercial space; and created 29 acres of open space.
In 2002 St George was the first residential developer to be granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Berkeley Group as a whole received this prestigious accolade in 2008 and again in 2014.
The Berkeley Group has been voted one of Britain’s ‘Most Admired Companies’ across all industries from 2012 to 2016. Other recent awards include Sunday Times Housebuilder of the Year in 2015, Estate Gazette’s National Property Company and Residential Property Company of the year in 2015 and WhatHouse? Best Large Housebuilder in 2016