Grosvenor Waterside, SW1 London, UK
The second phase of development at Grosvenor Waterside in Chelsea, includes three residential blocks, a total of 622 units, 40% of which are affordable - the largest release of affordable housing in the City of Westminster. The site, masterplanned by Sheppard Robson, is a new urban quarter focussed around the newly restored Grosvenor Dock. Sheppard Robson was commissioned to design two of the three residential buildings, Caro Point and Moore House, both of which achieved a BRE Eco Homes ‘Very Good’ rating and Building for Life ‘Silver Award’.
Moore House marks the entrance to Grosvenor Waterside on Ebury Bridge Road. Its linear form stretches into the development, mediating between the domestic character of the surrounding urban fabric and the contemporary architecture within. Its façade migrates from a six-storey stone face on Ebury Bridge Road, to glass and aluminium with glazed projecting balconies, and culminates in a nine-storey layered stone elevation with inset balconies. Caro Point is the focus of the development, terminating the vista from the entrance to the site, visible from the Thames, and bordering the central civic square. It is formed by four structural limestone vertical fins, which slice into the building and project out to contain the ‘cascading’ glass multi-faceted balconies. The building steps from six to eleven storeys, topped by two two-storey penthouses and a sculptural weather vane, a separate commission as part of the site-wide arts strategy. The designs establish clear aesthetic links between the buildings in the use of materials and massing, and a real vibrancy to the public spaces and pedestrian routes, with double-height retail, restaurant and leisure uses at ground level, maintaining a homogeneity to the site.
This, the second planning permission for the site, was praised by Westminster City Council for its successful uplift of 62 units, increasing the density of the site within the approved existing massing, and its optimised environmental credentials including heating to all units via a CHP plant and wood-pellet boiler, the efficient use of water with the installation of water meters, low-volume flush toilets, water-efficient appliances, rainwater harvesting, and the attenuation of storm water. Overall the site has reduced potential carbon emissions by 395 tonnes per annum.
- St James Group
- 22,700 m2