This masterplan competition turns a derelict docklands site into a new urban quarter with offices, homes and a hotel. GRID’s response to the invited competition for this unique site was influenced by the historic industrial character yet created connections and permeability to surrounding streets. The routes across the site manifest in an east/west shopping street and a linear park to link St Katherine Dock to Tobacco Dock.
The urban typology is that of dense island perimeter blocks in a strong public realm, party flooded in memory of the former dock. This approach has been successful in cities like Copenhagen and especially Hamburg where the masterplan generates a strong framework for plots to be developed by others.
The overall quantum of development is in excess of 200,000 square metres including hotel, apartments, offices and retail space. Important consideration was given to the creative re-use of the Rum Warehouse as hotel and introduction or a major new public square. For a site that was once an important dock and later a notorious print works for News International; any change would be transformational.