Wednesday 1 July 2015 1.15pm
Have just received this reply from Berkeley homes:
"Thank you for your email concerning the design of one of our buildings at One Tower Bridge.
To provide you with some background, One Tower Bridge went through a rigorous planning process and two public consultations to ensure as much support for the scheme as possible.
In terms of materials, massing, scale and layout, designs for the One Tower Bridge development are to create a lasting high quality residential development appropriate to the surrounding historical and riverside context of Potters Fields Park
, Tower Bridge and the River Thames.
The tower has been designed to act as a counterpoint to the horizontal building on the edge of Potters Fields park, and affords the development an elegant identifying marker. The tower and the linear building overlooking the river are similarly detailed with slender strips of Catalan Gris limestone which feature a brown filigree adding richness to the façade - the dark grey colour was selected to relate to the adjacent heritage sites of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The limestone is offset with thinly detailed bronze anodised windows and feature panels running vertically up the tower.
The tower is heavily glazed towards the river, offering spectacular views across the city, and more solid where it faces south for sustainability reasons. At the top floor the tower features a glass and steel frame lantern, which acts as a glowing marker for the development, referencing similar illuminated markers at the Oxo Tower and Tate Modern
further to the west.
It is also worth noting that Squire and Partners’ design also replaces a previous consented scheme by Ian Ritchie Architects, which was objected to by the local residents association for its use of glass which was felt not to be in keeping with the heritage site. The residents association stated they would prefer to see a development which used traditional materials including brick and stone, as they would more closely related to the surrounding context including Shad Thames
and Tower Bridge..