In 2013 Fletcher Priest and WSP designed a hybrid development at Cringle Dock on the River Thames at Battersea where enclosing and upgrading a waste transfer wharf brings the opportunity to create significant additions to the public realm and 400 new homes, the design continues the transformation of Nine Elms from an industrial area into a new business and residential quarter.
Fletcher Priest’s design captures the dynamism of a working river and wharf by using industrial scale steel structures to echo the coal handling cranes of neighbouring Battersea Power Station. The scale of the engineering structures, including 50m trusses, gives the site a new topography which is used as the basis for residential development. The deck over the new transfer station would become a private garden for the apartment blocks around it.
The new structures also connect the riverside path to provide a public viewing platform for watching activity on the river, including barges entering and leaving the dock.
The fusion of industry and domesticity creates a very distinct identity within the emerging urban quarter, connecting the homes to the history of their site, the riverside location and to a future where clean industrial technologies will make high density urban living a logical choice.
Cringle Dock would be built without interrupting the operations of the wharf which operates twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. To integrate this activity with the residential developments rising around it, the new building will enclose queuing vehicles and processes which are currently in the open air. New air filtration and noise suppression techniques would further reduce its impact and its design allows for future adaptation to handle other types of cargo and to cope with rising water levels.