A topping out ceremony has been held at Barratt London’s Lombard Wharf, in Battersea, to mark the highest point of its 28-storeys being reached.
The development, on a formerly vacant site following the warehouse and office buildings previously on it being demolished, will deliver 134 flats, including 27 shared ownership homes as well as opening up an adjoining railway arch, for pedestrians and cyclists, to become a new part of the Thames Path, and groundworks for the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee Bridge over the river to Fulham.
It is hoped that the first completions for the building will take place later during the summer of 2017.
Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This exciting development not only provides much-needed new shared ownership homes, but also opens up a new stretch of the Thames Path and lays the foundations for a new bridge across the river.
“The Diamond Jubilee Bridge is a key element in opening up this formerly industrial part of Battersea to local people, welcoming new affordable housing, new businesses and jobs, and new investment as part of the Greater London Authority’s Clapham Junction to Battersea Riverside Housing Zone.”
Pankaj Patel, Director at architects Patel Taylor, said: “We are very pleased to see Lombard Wharf shaping up into an elegantly crafted riverside landmark. Its twisting sculptural silhouette creates a fluid shimmering illusion of movement in this waterside setting and the combination of new homes, exemplary design and generous public realm, will create a new destination in Wandsworth, drawing people towards and reconnecting the local community to the riverfront.”
Ed McCoy, Sales Director at Barratt London, said: “We are very excited to be celebrating this stage in the building programme for Lombard Wharf. We hope the building will be a great addition to this part of the riverside and its iconic design together with its location, just a short walk from Clapham Junction, should also make it very popular with those looking to move into the area.“
Last November, Lombard Wharf was Highly Commended in the ‘Best Design for Four Storeys or More category at the Housebuilder Awards.