Squire and Partners

Squire and Partners

London, GB


One Tower Bridge

One Tower Bridge is a prominent site bound by the Grade I listed Tower Bridge, More London and the River Thames. Squire and Partners’ masterplan aims to create a lasting piece of the city, appropriate to the surrounding context of Potters Fields Park and the South Bank.

Defining the edge of Potters Fields Park is Cambridge House, a low horizontal building clad in strips of Catalan Gris limestone, with a double height ground floor accessing a 6,870m2 cultural space for the London Theatre Company, set to open in 2017. Sharing the same palette and set within a central landscaped courtyard is The Tower, a 20 storey slender ‘campanile’ topped by a glazed garden terrace. The Catalan Gris stone is offset with thinly detailed bronze anodised windows and chamfered recesses.

Three eleven-storey finger blocks with projecting stone balconies are positioned between landscaped gardens at the centre of the development. Two further buildings step down in scale towards Tower Bridge Road, constructed from London stock brick to relate to the adjacent Shad Thames. Interest is added with handset basketweave brickwork and a series of projecting timber balconies. A new pedestrian route, Duchess Walk, has been created to maximise views through the site from Tooley Street to Tower Bridge, animated by shops, cafes and a resident’s spa and gymnasium.

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Status: Built
Location: London
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Planning Consultant - Barton Wilmore
Structure & Services - Meinhardt