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London calling: the latest residential developments from the UK capital

11 Sep 2018

London is a complex city with one of the most diverse cultural fabrics of the world, presenting architects, developers and politicians alike with numerous challenges when it comes to housing the people that contribute to its success. Yet all the while London’s urban housing equation remains up for debate, from the cobbled streets of Mayfair to the smooth pavements of Canary Wharf and beyond, there is a new crop of residential buildings on the rise.

Douglass Tower
11 September 2018

London architects Allies and Morrison are behind Douglass Tower, the latest addition to the British capital’s ever-changing skyline. Created for Ballymore, the high rise will be located at the Goodluck Hope development on Leamouth Peninsula and spans 30 storeys. The project sits by the River Thames and pays homage to the civil engineer and prolific lighthouse designer Sir James Douglass (1826 – 1898). 

Douglass Tower
11 September 2018

Apartments at the tower have just been released for sale, including a range of one, two and three bed units. At the building’s very top sits The Lantern Room, a shared work-life space for residents. A platform on the same level allows them to sit back and take in the breath taking views over London and the water.  

No.3 Canalside Walk
29 August 2018

At the heart of Paddington’s regeneration scheme, No.3 Canalside Walk is a newly launched residential building scheduled to complete in 2020. The design, by Horden Cherry Lee Architects (HCL Architects), features staggers glass balconies and a light silver-grey terracotta façade. It was important that the waterside location, with its adjacent towpath, moored houseboats and placing directly opposite Paddington Station’s new overground entrance, would feature enhanced public spaces too.

No.3 Canalside Walk
29 August 2018

The building features 84 residences, a communal rooftop observatory lounge, a terrace and an outdoor gym. Apartments include floor to ceiling double glazed windows and sliding doors to balconies opening up to the canal view. Rooftop amenities optimize the central location while at ground level, No.3 Canalside Walk will  hold retail spaces covered by a stainless steel and glass canopy that shelters space for visitors at street level.
 

Battersea Power Station
26 March 2018

The Battersea Power Station in London is one of the capital’s largest ongoing development sites, mixing modern residential with leisure and retail. Now, the old power station’s Turbine Halls have just been released for leasing. 

Battersea Power Station
26 March 2018

The development is set to bring the old London landmark back to life with two former turbine halls that will house a range of retailers. Each space will draw on its architectural characteristics – 1930s design for Turbine A, and 1950s-modern inspired decor for Turbine B.

Battersea Power Station
26 March 2018

When completed, Battersea Power Station will be the third largest retail destination in Central London, say the developers. The rich selection of shops will cater not only to the development’s residents, but also the wider public. 

One Park Drive by Herzog & de Meuron

The Swiss duo’s first residential building in the UK has just announced the release of its three unique Level 32 Sky Lofts apartments. Elsewhere the development offers three different types of interiors. 

One Park Drive by Herzog & de Meuron

The apartments, located in Canary Wharf, are meticulously designed and set apart from the building’s other units. They also offer unparalleled views of the London skyline. 

Dollar Bay by SimpsonHaugh

Rising over London’s Docklands, a new 31-storey residential tower constructed of angled glass panels has formed a sculptural pinnacle over the water. Featuring 125 residences, the building was designed to reflect ripples and folds and lightly rests within a regenerated public realm. Residents benefit from floor-to-ceiling glazing and homes are orientated to the east and west, with most having access to double or triple aspects, winter gardens and views across Canary Wharf, Greenwich and the Thames.


Photography: Hufton + Crow

Dollar Bay by SimpsonHaugh

Modern amenities include a garden with playground, a gym with a view across the dock as well as basement car parking and cycle storage. Taking advantage of the waterside site, the building features a water cooling solution using London Dock water to improve energy efficiency.

Photography: Hufton + Crow

5 Strand by Adjaye Associates

Westminster has recently approved Adjaye Associates’ planning and designs for 5 Strand. A stone’s throw from Trafalgar Sqaure, the mixed-use corner block will contain 26 luxury residential apartments on the upper four floors, above offices and a ground floor retail colonnade.

5 Strand by Adjaye Associates

Reflecting the existing Grade I and II listed architecture of the Strand, the design geometrically mirrors the surrounding roof lines and arches prevalent in the area.

Belvedere Gardens by GRID Architects

Located on London’s Southbank – overlooking the River Thames, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, Belvedere Gardens is a residential building designed by GRID Architects as part of the Southbank Place masterplan by Squire & Partners. Recently topped out, Belvedere Gardens is the building at the front of the development that runs parallel to the Southbank.

Belvedere Gardens by GRID Architects

GRID Architects has woven careful details into the design that reflect the history of the iconic location. Inspired by The Festival of Britain exhibition held in 1951, the motif of the ‘Festival Star’ can be found patterned into the decorative aluminium façade.

The Landmark Pinnacle by Squire & Partners

In Canary Wharf, this newly launched 75-storey tower features 752 residential properties with interiors by Squire & Partners. Two smaller buildings of 45 and 30 floors will eventually join the Landmark Pinnacle to create the Landmark Trilogy, and the whole development is scheduled to complete in 2020.

The Landmark Pinnacle by Squire & Partners

Squire & Partners rose to the challenge of designing London’s highest private roof terrace in the building, seamlessly integrated into the sleek glass façade. The simple geometric form fits into the Canary Wharf skyline, reflecting the sky and the surrounding water.

The Landmark Pinnacle by Squire & Partners

With a golf simulator and putting green on the 56th floor, Landmark Pinnacle has gone to town with its amenities for residents, which also include arcade room, private dining areas and, following the concept of a creating a ‘vertical community’, the whole 27th floor is dedicated to an indoor garden, that will attempt to evoke the atmosphere of a London Square.

Beau House by Dukelease and Oliver Burns

Seven new apartments have launched within Beau House on Jermyn Street in West London’s St James’s area, a destination associated with men’s tailoring. The design team at Dukelease collaborated with Oliver Burns to create the elegant block, named after Beau Brummel, a British style icon of the 18th century. The limestone façade, conscious of the legacy of the area, is detailed with bronze, while inside, interiors have been crafted with materials such as brushed brass, leather, marble and oak.

Beau House by Dukelease and Oliver Burns

Bringing art deco influence into the interior design of the apartments, the design team at Edward Philips used bespoke rugs by Paul Smith for The Rug Company, to complement the oak parquet chevron flooring.

Lexicon by SOM and Squire & Partners

At the City Road Basin, in London’s borough of Islington, the Lexicon tower contributes to a recent growth spurt of high-rise residential projects in the area between Old Street and Angel. The main 360-storey tower of the Lexicon is framed by two lower buildings that include shops and cafes at ground level.

Photography: Paul Raftery

Lexicon by SOM and Squire & Partners

The low-iron glass façades provide each apartment with floor-to-ceiling glazing and lower apartments have balconies overlooking the canal basin. Lexicon features 200 private and 107 government subsidised units, along with amenities for residents including a spa, gym, residents’ lounge, concierge and basement parking.

Photography: Paul Raftery