Planning Permission Granted for 30-Storey Tower in Lower Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula, London

In a groundbreaking development for the Greenwich Peninsula, Knight Dragon, in collaboration with a distinguished design team including Chapman Taylor, Whitby Wood, Sweco, Lichfields UK, and Exterior Architecture Ltd., has successfully secured planning permission from the Royal Borough of Greenwich planning committee for a cutting-edge 30-storey residential tower.

Situated on a riverside setting, Plot M0121 is set to bring 300 new apartments to the heart of Greenwich. Designed in unity with the wider Greenwich Peninsula masterplan, plot M0121 plays a key role as a successive counterpart to the now, well-established Waterman building.

Standing tall at 30 storeys, the tower form extrudes upwards from an enhanced area of the public realm, appropriately signaling the primary residential address. The seven-storey podium, hosting outward-facing apartments, provides the development with a strong urban presence at street level. The podium volumes extend from the tower, creating dual-aspect apartments, eventually enclosing back to the tower with a deliberate reveal, accentuating the upper resident-only landscaped gardens.

As the tower rises from the podium volume on the seventh floor, the tower strategically incorporates corner balconies to accentuate its vertical volume. This helps provide the tower with a unique visual appearance as it moves beyond its podium and urban fabric at the lower levels. The elevational design seeks to complement these features through tri-partite grouping of apartment levels with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a step-in design beyond the 22nd floor, culminating in a slim volume reaching its peak at the 29th floor. The tower's crown frames external terraces at levels 22 and 30, offering breathtaking panoramic views of London and Canary Wharf.

Amenity spaces play a key role, in enhancing the resident experience. From a double-height main entrance and foyer, co-working floor, landscaped courtyard, and exclusive external terraces, Plot M0121 promises unique opportunities within the peninsula.

With planning permission secured, Chapman Taylor will now support Knight Dragon with plans and options to move into the detailed design and construction planning phase, with further updates on this stage to follow in 2024.

The tower is poised to not only reshape the Greenwich Peninsula skyline but also contribute significantly to the area's architectural and residential landscape, marking a milestone in the ongoing efforts to elevate urban living in this dynamic London locale. The Plot M0121 project stands as a testament to innovation, aspiration, and a commitment to creating a 'best in class' residential scheme.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill-sets. He is also an RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

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