Thames Wharf Studios

Thames Wharf Studios

The site at Thames Wharf, Hammersmith, was acquired by Richard Rogers Partnership in 1983 as the location for the practice’s new offices. Formerly a redundant industrial complex, including a group of early 20th-century warehouses, the site sits along the bank of the River Thames.

The site was developed as practice offices, lettable workshops and office units (within the refurbished warehouse blocks) and new housing. The lettable offices are largely occupied by architects and design-related professionals.

The principle intervention within the RRP office block is a double-height entrance lobby. Over the years it has developed as an informal gallery where project models are exhibited on steel racks. Throughout the building new elements are expressed in a bold industrial manner, using primary colours.

A key element in the regeneration of the site is the River Café, opened in 1987. The Café looks out over a landscaped area that extends to the newly created river walkway. A sizeable area of public space was laid out where there had been no previous public access.

The spectacular two-storey rooftop extension for the RRP office space is by Lifschutz Davidson, a practice that has offices within the Thames Wharf complex. Designed in association with RRP and completed in 1991, the extension’s great semi-circular roof provides a lightweight expression of the activities carried out below.

RIBA Regional Award 1994
Civic Trust Award - Commendation 1989
Structural Steel Design Award, Certificate of Merit 1984
Location London, England
Type Mixed Use
Dates 1984 - 1987
Client Marco Goldschmied, Richard Rogers, John Young
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
Pierre Botschi, Mike Davies, Patrick Davies, Marco Goldschmied, Tim Inskip, Peter Jennett, James McGrath, Nathalie Moore, Gennaro Picardi, Mark Roche, Richard Rogers, Neville Smith, Graham Stirk, Karenna Wilford, John Young
Roof Extension RRP with Lifschutz Davidson Ltd
Landscape Architect Georgie Wolton
Main Contractor Woolf Construction Ltd
  Tarmac Cubitts
Planning Consultant Montagu Evans
Quantity Surveyor GA Hanscomb Partnership
Services Engineer Rosser and Russell
  Ove Arup and Partners
Structural Engineer Antony Hunt Associates
  Ove Arup and Partners

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