New pier at Royal Wharf will be London’s longest
London’s longest pier is coming to Silvertown. Work has started on a new jetty in Royal Wharf, just to the east of Lyle Park. The elegant wooden construction will connect the neighbourhood to the Thames Clippers river bus route, but it’ll equally be a place to watch the world go by. Due to open by the end of the year, the pier replaces the derelict jetty currently on the spot.
With spacious views and timber battens, the designs by Nex architects evoke the traditional British seaside yet have a confident and modern aesthetic. Rather than heading straight out into the water, the walkway turns to the right in the middle, allowing for long views towards the horizon. At this halfway point is a viewing island with built-in seating, nicely separated from the boat terminal provided at the end. An enclosed waiting area protects travellers from the elements.
This generous and exciting new public space in the Thames is a riverboat terminal with a difference.
Royal Wharf is a residential development in the area by Ballymore, which will provide 3,000-odd homes and a riverside park. The developer describes the place as a “taking inspiration from the great estates that emerged in London… like Belgravia, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, and Bloomsbury”, with a lively high street market square and nearly a kilometre of river walk. The development includes the Sugar Works, London's largest living rent scheme.
Once Royal Wharf has its own river bus stop, residents and visitors alike will travel be able to travel up the Thames through central London and out as far as Putney. Nex say on their website, “There for everyone to enjoy, this generous and exciting new public space in the Thames is a riverboat terminal with a difference.” See more of their designs here.
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