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Jacobs Webber Design Twin Greenwich Towers

Published on 29-12-2008 by
As part of the much delayed masterplan for building a whole cluster of buildings on the eastern side of Greenwich Peninsula, Jacobs Webber has designed these two twenty storey twin towers to sit overlooking the River Thames as part of a feasibility study.

Standing on Meridian Gardens, it steps back from the water as required by the masterplan, the scheme will have two L shaped blocks split into vertical sections of ten and twenty stories respectively.

Within the postmodern design that is peppered with external balconies will be 406 new apartments of which approximately 25% will be affordable, whilst the ground floor recessed behind columns, will contain retail.

The scheme is particularly notable for the winter gardens it will contain with each wing having two of them that are connected to river-facing roof terraces that should go some way towards creating attractive private spaces for residents to enjoy.

One of the big challenges for Jacobs Webber was dealing with the high water table that exists in this part of Greenwich Peninsula. To make the scheme easier to construct they came up with a podium that the shops and parking of Meridian Gardens will sit on raising them above the waterline and avoid the complicated construction techniques currently seen at Canary Wharf with Riverside South.

The delivery date for the scheme is at the moment somewhat sketchy. Recently Greenwich Peninsula, the overall development company has announced that it will take twenty years to deliver the entire masterplan from start to finish claiming they actually built a recession and two property cycles into their development model.

This contrasts strongly with previous pronouncements from 2007 that the entire thing would take only fifteen years. With almost nothing built in the first economic cycle but plenty of grand plans, it should be interesting to see what comes to fruition and in what form.

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