The London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture

As part of the festival our founder, Jon Byers, will be giving a talk on “The Reimagining of Butlers Wharf”

During June 2021, the Royal Institute of British Architects are hosting a range of exciting online and in person events responding to this year’s theme from the London Festival of Architecture: Care. The malleability of the theme has invoked many different approaches within the industry and for Butlers Wharf, how space affects us both mentally and physically and “in broad terms [we] want to preserve what’s good, define what’s missing and nurture what’s possible”.

The ‘Reimagining of Butlers Wharf: The Tide Line’ event is taking place on Thursday 24th June. The Tide Line reimagines Butler’s Wharf as a refuge in the city creating a new landscape that reflects the rhythm of the tide and aims to create an urban habitat that contributes to the visual and emotional well-being of its neighbourhood. The Butlers Wharf Riverside Trust has many clear and effective objectives that they would like to see take heed in the coming months, with the opinions of the surrounding community as the sounding board for change. Their website gives as clear indication of how imbedded the community is in this area and their core concepts are listed below:

  • COMMUNITY - bringing people together to discuss proposals and steer change
  • CULTURAL CORRIDOR - linking the neighbouring cultural spaces from the South Bank to Greenwich
  • HERITAGE - making a landmark, protecting the past, being relevant for the future
  • GREENING THE CITY - new planting to improve local air quality, biodiversity and green space
  • HEALTH AND WELLBEING - providing safe, peaceful, clean and green cycle and walking routes
  • EDUCATION - promoting the history of our unique industrial and maritime setting
  • LOCAL PROSPERITY - reviving the jetty will benefit local businesses and homeowners

At Anderson Rose, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the area, the respect and high regard that we hold in our community of Shad Thames and Tower Bridge. Our Founder, Jon Byers, will be speaking to members of the community during the event about the new concept design for the jetty that he has been heavily involved in getting off the ground. In order to get the correct feel and look, The Butlers Wharf Riverside Trust held a competition and Ludwig Willis Architects won as the trust felt that they had the best vision and had the most sympathy to the local environment, drawing mainly on industrial materials that were at the heart of sustainability, which ties in with the theme for this year’s festival. The nautical and industrial influences should compliment Sir Terrance Conran’s initial redevelopment and reinvigoration of the area back in the 1980s and 1990s. If you want to see the initial design concept, it is currently on display in ‘The Tank’ on the Butlers Wharf jetty.

To find out more about the festival follow the link below for more events coming up and if you want to book a ticket to Reimagining Butlers Wharf please do so through the website:

Similarly, to find out more on the Riverside Trust, their visions and their new designs and how you help, follow: