Positioned at the centre of British Land’s Canada Water Masterplan on the Rotherhithe Peninsula, Canada Water Zone F forms part of the ‘Central Cluster’ and the commercial heart of the masterplan. Canada Water Zone F is a mixed-use scheme comprising three buildings: two residential towers providing 410 new homes, and a large flexible office building with a range of retail uses at ground level.

The office building has been designed to be flexible and adaptable in its construction and form; a modular structural and cladding system is designed to evolve with the uses of the building. The office building ranges from seven to ten storeys responding to the various streets and public spaces it addresses. At ground level a wide range of retail uses have been proposed to contribute to the creation of a vibrant new area within the wider masterplan proposals.

The two residential towers are identical in form, clad in glazed tile to accentuate their sculptural profile. The distinct chamfered square plan allows dual aspect from every home while still accommodating a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Each residential unit has a large, recessed balcony providing protected and private outside space, shared internal amenity rooms and communal roof terraces.

Canada Water Zone F is the case study for AHMM’s Delivering Net Zero: a guide for architects, a key output from a collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the practice and UCL’s Bartlett Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. An ambitious set of carbon targets has been agreed with the client and design team to challenge assumptions around building performance and analyse the gap that exists between design, construction, and occupation. More information can be found here.

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Net zero: lessons from practice 10.02.23