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Project description

Bankside is an exciting development on the north side of the City of London next to the London City Airport.

The Bankside project is a mixed-use complex that sits on the site of an old Victorian warehouse and former dock with two towers at the east and west ends of the development.

Together the two buildings form the tallest towers in the City – the tallest is currently the Shard and the highest completed building in the UK. The project also has other exciting landmarks and icons: St Paul’s Cathedral, Bankside Power Station and the London Bridge Tower.

Landscape and architecture planning

Bankside brings a unique opportunity to work on an exciting urban project with a strong heritage context, while also creating a new neighbourhood.

In this section of the design process, the project and team considered issues related to context, scale, design, materials, form, programme, scale and space, and how to work across those.

This included work to consider the different parts of the city where different building typologies could co-exist, and different levels of scale, density and use.

The initial study of the site started with the idea that an office tower could be accommodated in a building of approximately 110m height. This meant a series of questions related to scale and scale compatibility needed to be answered.

The context and history of the site

The location was set within the Docklands in Southwark. The first use of the site was by the Royal Docks Dock Commissioners as a timber warehouse in 1845. By the 1860s the timber industry was thriving and the Dock Commissioners converted the building into a coal and iron storage yard.

In 1912 the Royal Dock Commissioners took over the site. This would become the Royal Docks Dockyard, a Royal Navy dockyard with over 7,000 people employed there. Dockyard usage was still evident from 1914 onwards with Admiralty House and Admiralty House Yard.

By 1928 the Royal Docks Dockyard was closed, having ceased to exist in the Royal Navy. The buildings and yards were taken over by the London County Council (LCC). By the 1950s the Dockyard had no more military uses and was mainly used for light industry by the local population.

Development in the early 21st century

As the Docklands were becoming gentrified, the Royal Docks District was seeing a revival. A number of different uses were being considered for the area. This included high-rise residential and cultural developments.

Bankside Development Limited and Royal Bank of Scotland were looking to redevelop the Royal Docks area. At that time the site was largely a mixture of heavy industry and residential. In the context of the Docklands redevelopment, a plan was put forward for a large number of new residential and office units. This plan was submitted for Planning permission in April 2009. It was then granted at a reduced scale, subject to conditions. However it did not meet with approval from local councillors and residents. The developers then returned with a revised plan.

However in the same year LCC changed its strategy and chose to focus on the more traditional use of office space. The site was now offered to financial and insurance companies. The site was later sold to a private group. It has now been renamed the London City Point development site.

In 2010, the UK Parliament's Communities and Local Government Committee published its report on the future of British dockyards. In it it stated that the Docklands were to be redeveloped.


Category:London Docklands

Category:Royal Docks

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