Montevetro

An iconic residential development, the building overlooks Battersea Reach on the riverside site of the former Hovis Flour Mills.

Project Details
  • Client

    Taylor Woodrow Property

  • Architect

    Richard Rogers Partnership

Montevetro marks the genesis of tall Thameside residential developments by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners Architects which continues to evolve with more recently completely developments like Neo Bankside, also designed by the same practice.  Built towards the end of the 1990’s it consists of 93 residential apartments and 20 dramatic double storey penthouses. These are arranged in five connected blocks rising from four storeys to the south to twenty storeys by the river. The building massing evolved out of a sensitivity to its surrounding environment and in particular St. Mary’s church to the south.  It also used the opportunity to maximise riverside accommodation by increasing the height of the building adjacent to the river. A basement car park, for around 200 cars, is provided across the entire site footprint.

The structure consisted of concrete floor plates supported on a combination of concrete and steel columns. Montevetro is Italian for “Glass Mountain”. With much of the elevations glazed and in order to reinforce a sense of transparency between inside and out, small steel columns were used at half grid modules to the glazed elevations. The penthouse volumes were designed to have flexibility within a defined structural module. The interstitial floors to the penthouses were formed using reconfigurable steel beams supporting short span precast concrete units. This innovative strategy has since proved serendipitous as many penthouse owners have taken the opportunity to customise their accommodation using this adaptable structure.

Waterman acted as structural, highway and environmental consultants. The site was highly contaminated due to its previous industrial use and Waterman developed, what was at the time, an innovative approach to site remediation. This consisted of an onsite pumping arrangement which removed contaminants from the ground with offsite disposal limited to the separated contaminants only.