P1030775

The scheme was granted planning permission

At the June Committee Meeting   The developers presented their latest scheme accompanied by the Architects Allies & Morrison before it goes in for planning. The site, to the east of Wandsworth Bridge, includes the car auction house, fuel depot and Cemex works and offices (old RMC building). The site has protected open wharf use and therefore any scheme must maintain this facility. The new buildings would allow for Townmead Road to be widened at this point although there are no plans currently to include the Porcelanosa corner site.

The proposed 8-9 storey courtyard scheme includes a 13 storey tower and retail units directly on the Wandsworth Bridge. The 233 apartments will be built over an enclosed Cemex concrete plant housed in a massive enclosure allowing for continued wharf use. Public access to the river would be at the higher courtyard level so that lifts and stair would provide a link to the river walk either side. Committee members expressed concern at the sheer mass of building and lack of relationship the scheme offered to the surrounding street scape. Due to the cost of rebuilding the Cemex plant the scheme would offer no affordable or shared ownership housing.