Jacob’s Island

On a site which was once a notorious rookery in Bermondsey, this residential development arranges 200 apartments in six-storey blocks around three sides of a landscaped water garden facing the Thames.

 

 

Client: Price Waterhouse / Berkeley Homes

Location: London SE1

Status: Completed 1996

Services Engineer HH Angus and Associates

Structural Engineer  John Savage Associate

Photography Matt Wain

Jacob’s Island

On a site which was once a notorious rookery in Bermondsey, this residential development arranges 200 apartments in six-storey blocks around three sides of a landscaped water garden facing the Thames.

One of the practice’s first residential projects, the design sought to consolidate and enhance the area’s visual character. A site which was earmarked for early development, Jacobs Island offered the opportunity of a distinct design to integrate with adjoining, existing and future developments and offering focus and orientation for the emerging townscape.

Blue engineering bricks clad the lower floors, with contrasting upper storeys supported on tapering stone-faced columns, a subtle reference to the dockside origins of the scheme. Ground floor duplex apartments have double-height living spaces overlooking the water garden – created by flooding the basement car park roof – and upper-floor apartments have balconies giving views over the river beyond.

 

 

 

Client: Price Waterhouse / Berkeley Homes

Location: London SE1

Status: Completed 1996

Services Engineer HH Angus and Associates

Structural Engineer  John Savage Associate

Photography Matt Wain