Glenn Howells Architects’ Royal Wharf is set to be London’s new riverside quarter

Glenn Howells Architects is celebrating after phase 2 of Royal Wharf in east London was recently granted planning consent. Set in an area currently known as Royal Docks, this is where London’s principal docks were located during the first half of the 20th century. Before that the area was riverside marshes in East Ham and West Ham.


The next twist in the locale’s history is the new Royal Wharf development, which brings a whopping half a kilometre of new riverside housing. With phase 1 and phase 2 now set to go ahead, more than 2,000 homes and apartments will soon be springing up in this part of the capital.

As for the aesthetics, Glenn Howells Architects has designed robust brick and stone buildings. The brick is inspired by the warehouse buildings typical of east London’s industrial heritage, while the stone acts as a reference to the great historic squares of London.


Other features of Royal Wharf include a generous 18m-wide river frontage and park by landscape architects, Townshend Landscape, and within the development apartments overlook another landscaped park that connects the riverside to the high street. A pattern of streets, squares and pocket parks will knit together to form the fabric of this new Thames community – an incredible 45% of the land is given over to open space and play areas.

Glenn Howells Architects has spearheaded and overseen Royal Wharf, and has been working closely with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Mae Architects and Serie Architects to design buildings within the masterplan meaning that this is to be an address with style. Phase one might have been quickly snapped up by buyers, but if you’re after a room with an enviable river view here’s your second chance.