The Site is located at a disused brewery of 3.7 hectares, adjacent to the River Wandle in Wandsworth, London. The development proposals comprised retail, office and residential accommodation, incorporating two-level basement car parking with public and private open space.
The site is currently situated on low lying land immediately behind the Thames Tidal Defences.
The project team identified that there was an opportunity to raise ground levels across the site to allow visibility of the river and public access along it, while maintaining the standard of flood protection. This would enable riverside development and raise land values, while enhancing the river environment.
Waterman led the design of the river enhancements, undertaking modelling to test the hydraulic impact of a number of options.
As a result of this modelling, it was demonstrated that the River Wandle channel could be set back and enhanced to allow for continuous planting through the introduction of terraces along the full length of the river, without causing increased risk of flooding to the development or elsewhere.
This design was incorporated into the proposals submitted for planning, which were approved by the Local Authority and the Environment Agency, who cite the scheme as an example of Good Practice.