OXO Tower Wharf is a riverside development that includes five floors of housing allocated to the Coin Street Community Housing Co-op. The lower floors provide designer studios and speciality retail outlets, and a 500-seat restaurant operated by Harvey Nichols on the 8th floor. The retention and adaptation of the building provides a complexity and texture no completely new building could have offered; the additions are modern and have created an exciting contrast between old and new to the benefit of both.
The complex brief was resolved by several devices including the insertion of three new ten storey cores to provide circulation and services and to reinforce the visual organisation of the building. This left clear, simple floor plates to flexibly accommodate a variety of uses. The mixed-use scheme, a model for inner city development, is a vital part of the area’s regeneration, bringing life to London’s South Bank.
Royal Fine Arts Commission, Urban Regeneration Award 1997
RIBA Award for Architecture 1997
Brick Development Association Award 1997
Civic Trust Award 1998
The Waterfront Center USA Honor Award 2000
The Great Neighbourhood Award 2010
Client Coin Street Community Builders
Location London SE1
Status Completed 1996
Architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Services Engineer Cundall Johnston and Partners
Structural Engineer Buro Happold
Main Contractor Trollope and Colls
Photography Tim Soar, Coin Street Community Builders, www.danielbuxton.com