Riverscape set for waves of green

Landscape by Gillespies is to outshine buildings by one of the world's most famous architects, with well over three-fifths of the site dedicated to open spaces.

Tideway Wharf will include a new linear park, smaller pocket park and a tree-lined riverside walkway on two hectares of land in south-west London.

The new landscapes will define six fin-shaped glass tower blocks designed by architect Lord Richard Rogers with 752 flats and a hotel overlooking bars and a cafe.

Sean Ellis, managing director of developer St James Group, said: "Public realm is at the heart of our proposals, with more than 60 per cent of the area to be open space. A further 14 per cent will be private open space, meaning only a quarter of the site is covered by buildings.

"The development will include a river walk and landscaping to take full advantage of its position on the south bank of the Thames and create attractive public spaces."

Detailed plans went before Wandsworth Council two weeks ago and building work could start as early as next year, said Ellis. The mixed-use development will be built close to Battersea Power Station and will include underground parking, a health club and spa.

"Our vision for Tideway Wharf is to create a vibrant, sustainable scheme on one of the few remaining riverside sites to be redeveloped in south-west London," added Ellis.

The six towers will range from 12 to 20 storeys and be powered by ground source heat pumps and combined heat and power plants to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 per cent.

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