London & Regional Properties obtained planning permission to demolish existing buildings at Thames Wharf and redevelop the site. The buildings on Rainville Road will be retained and new buildings developed either side to create 57 flats and ground floor offices retaining restaurant space.
The treasured Michelin starred River Cafe has occupied the ground floor of the building on Rainville Road for over 30 years. It is intended that the restaurant will be part of the new scheme but will have to close during building works.
The original tenants, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, have moved to the Leadenhall Building, which is widely known as “the Cheesegrater” and which they actually designed. The practice has created the scheme for the redevelopment of the Thames Wharf.
Richard – now Lord – Rogers acquired Thames Wharf Studios in 1983. He converted it from the Duckham’s oil facility into offices, workshops, and housing, as well as the River Café. This is run by his wife, Ruth.
The planning permission ref 2015/00642/FUL, registered on 12 February 2015, includes the following:
- The retention and conversion of buildings fronting Rainville Road, providing a total of 57 residential units, as well as some office and retail space.
- Demolition of the existing buildings adjacent to the River Thames and redevelopment of the site comprising the construction of with balconies (one part six-storey, one part seven-storey and one part nine-storey) plus a mezzanine.
- New access arrangements, basement car parking, cycle parking, and associated landscaping.
The Fulham Society lodged an objection to the application on the grounds, inter alia, that the buildings are too high and oppressive, that the balconies should not be allowed to infringe upon the River Walk, and that this Walk should not be made any narrower than it is already.