London's Chambers Wharf to see £200m revamp of riverside and buildings

Place Design & Planning is to landscape one of the last remaining scraps of land open to development on the banks of the River Thames.

Chambers Wharf near Tower Bridge will include £4.5m of external works including a new riverside walkway, recreation areas and open spaces over 1.6ha of land.

The £200m project for six blocks of flats with roof gardens south of the Thames won over Southwark council's planners last week.

Glass-fronted buildings will overlook banded paving, raised planters and tree-lined walkways. Sculptural lamp standards and modern balustrades will skirt the water's edge.

Nicola Cox, associate at Place Design, said: "Decked communal gardens will stand on top of an underground car park. There will be ornamental gardens and natural habitats on the Thames.

"A new plaza area and walkway will reconnect people to a waterfront that was blocked off for many years by large wharf buildings."

Property developer St Martins is calling its project "one of the greenest residential developments in London". Building is due to start next year and finish around 2013.

The 600 homes will boast solar panels, wind turbines and rainwater-harvesting systems.

Buildings will be designed by Ian Simpson Architects.

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