The area, known as the ‘Nine Elms Opportunity Area’ is the largest regeneration project in central London.
The scheme includes 806 homes, underground parking, crèche, restaurants, bars, a food store and other retail spaces. It incorporates a river walk and landscaping to take full advantage of its location and create attractive public spaces for the local community. The development consists of six buildings with around 60 per cent of the 2.2-hectare site designated as public open space.
|Location: Nine Elms Opportunity Area, London||Client: Berkley Group|
|Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners||Landscape Architect: Gillespies|
|Main Contractor: Berkley Homes||Product Installer: Elite Landscapes|
The design standard on this inaugural site in the regeneration of Nine Elms is absolutely spot on, with vast amounts of public space for everyone in the capital to enjoy sitting happily alongside well-designed good quality housing” (Mayor of London, Boris Johnson)
In landscape terms, each area of the development is conceived as having its own distinct character. The newly created river walk – slightly raised to allow views over the river wall to the Thames – brings a boulevard, 17m-wide, to a previously inaccessible and underused part of the waterfront. Commercial and community uses at street level – including restaurants, bars and cafés arranged around the historic dock inlet, as well as a food store, crèche and business suite – will help to attract visitors onto the site and animate the public areas of the scheme.
From the outset, Riverlight was planned as an oasis of diverse landscaped communal gardens and open spaces to maximise the benefits for both private residents and the visiting public. This segmentation required the extensive use of very intricate demarcation lines in contemporary, sleek, ecologically sound materials. Kinley’s cost effective AluExcel aluminium landscape edging was specified, in several differing heights and a number of bespoke preformed components, for installation by landscape contractors, Scotscape, to achieve the elegant and yet discreet boundaries.
Water is a recurrent theme in our designs for Riverlight. The use of water echoes the historical context of the site, as water was originally present in the form of historic millponds.