One of the most distinctive buildings in Wandsworth has won a major design award.

Published: 25 May 2018

Lombard Wharf in Lombard Road has a unique teardrop shape and due to subtle changes in the tower’s balconies it appears to twist upwards.

The 28 storey building, which opened last year, was built by Barratt London and designed by Patel Taylor. It features 134 apartments, 27 of which are shared ownership.

It has now been announced that the building has won the ‘home or development of outstanding architectural merit’ category in the Evening Standard’s New Homes Awards.  

Praising Barratt London for its design, judges concluded:  “This plectrum-shaped tower adds grace and rhythm to the waterfront. Wraparound balconies rotate by two degrees, enhancing an optical illusion of movement. Wandsworth planners wanted a landmark building at this twist of the Thames, next to listed Cremorne railway bridge and where a new pedestrian bridge and riverside plaza is earmarked. Unlike most riverside developments, it does not have a discernible front or back; it looks elegant from every aspect - and does not turn its back on the city. Its intriguing design softens its impact from a distance, before its boldness reveals itself as you get closer.” 

Wandsworth Council’s chairman of the planning applications committee, Councillor Will Sweet, said: “I am delighted to see that Lombard Wharf has won this prestigious design award. When planning applications go before the committee they are subject to rigorous scrutiny and we always look to ensure that each new development contributes to the local area, as well as including new affordable homes.

“Lombard Wharf is an excellent example of a striking design that the judges have rightly concluded positively adds to the local area and environment. Developments like this help set the benchmark for what we are looking for in Wandsworth and I congratulate Barratt and Patel Taylor in winning this award.”  

Ed McCoy, Sales Director Barratt West London, said: “We are incredibly proud of Lombard Wharf’s achievement at this year’s Evening Standard New Homes Awards. This development has been meticulously designed to provide an interesting visual experience from every angle and we are pleased to have been able to deliver such an iconic new landmark for the riverfront in Wandsworth.”

Patel Taylor, Architects, added: "We are very pleased with the award's recognition of Lombard Wharf, both for the design of the tower and its contribution to the local setting. The public realm was carefully designed to open up the Thames Path through the railway arches and provide a future connection with a planned footbridge across the Thames."