|Title:||Riverlight, London, UK|
|Markets:||Residential, Public Realm|
|Client:||St James, Part of Berkeley Group|
A pioneering residential-led development on a ﬁve-acre industrial estate close to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames.
Working closely with project architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Gillespies has developed a landscape scheme that addresses the need of this new residential community as well as compliments the wider Nine Elms Masterplan. The site forms part of an area of South London that is undergoing a radical transformation with a series of developer lead initiatives that will collectively form a vibrant quarter in which to live, work and play.
The public areas are treated as a revealed river bed with a series of soft, pebble-like forms, while the private courtyards form calm green spaces with heavy tree planting and water gardens. The newly created river walk — slightly raised to allow views over the river wall to the Thames — brings a 17m-wide boulevard to a previously underused part of the waterfront.
"I was very impressed with the team at Gillespies. There was a very high quality of thinking behind the concept and execution of the detailed scheme (for Riverlight, London)."
Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James