The Riverside masterplan replaces a light industrial business park in Wandsworth, south London, with a mixed-use development creating over 400 new homes and over 24,000 square feet of new flexible workspace.
Located next to the River Wandle, the existing site occupies 2.28 hectares and is currently occupied by a number of industrial buildings now used as a commercial workspace. Used for industrial works since the mid-1800s, the site was once home to Airfix’s manufacturing from 1939-1981. Riverside replaces these buildings with an integrated and reconnected mixed use site.
At the east of the site a multifunctional business centre, The Riverside Factory, will have its own internal service yard with parking and a dedicated service area. Light industrial units will be designed to cater for small and medium sized businesses, with flexible space that can suit many different layouts and uses. Flexible office space will be located on the upper floors of the building and a ground and mezzanine floor in the east wing will accommodate a cafe and meeting rooms, creating a welcoming frontage to the street.
Almost half of the new residential provision will be arranged around a large courtyard, incorporating playspace, private gardens and shared landscaped open space. The remaining homes are arranged as three mansion blocks, situated along a new landscaped riverside path as part of a series of new routes connecting the site with King George’s Park across the river.
The scheme’s location within London, its high density, and access to public transport, shops, services and employment are integral to its sustainability. The offices and community spaces are designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent ratings. At least 10% of homes provided will be wheelchair adaptable and parking spaces are prioritised for disabled users (one bay per wheelchair unit), electric vehicles and car club vehicles.