In a somewhat unsurprising move Morden Wharf in Greenwich is set to be redesigned after the site was sold to Galliard Homes.
The 1,500-home project was sold by former owner LandSec U+I last year.
The approved design saw a number of towers beside the Thames. Don’t expect any revisions in the way of overall housing, but a new architect is on board and we may see some “value-engineering” soon.
It wasn’t the best granted and some blocks were indicative, but there was some colour evident other than dark and dreary tones with a welcome lack of clip-on balconies.
Galliard are hardly known for the quality of design and while Morden Wharf is contentious for height at least the designs shown tried to do something a bit different.
Galliard are behind one of London’s worst developments in recent years named “The Stage” in Shoreditch which could set a worrying precedent.
Upon gaining approval they “value engineered” the design down to a drab dark grey lump. Truly dismal and a great example of why design revisions should be closely watched post-approval.
Funnily enough they don’t seem too keen on showing exterior images of much of the building.
The newly appointed practice behind Morden Wharf designed a ungainly and lumpen block for Knight Dragon a short distance away.
Hopefully Galliard aim for something a bit better. They were behind Orchard Wharf beside Bow Creek which is decent enough. Fingers crossed for Greenwich.