lots road south




mixed-use development with 5,000m2 of employment and commercial space with residential over

a new mixed-use creative quarter reinstating the Chelsea Creek, creating a new focal point for the community

concept masterplan for mixed use

At a strategic bend in the River Thames, where the long straight stretch of the embankment bends south, the meandering creek connects into the network of streets.

plan of london streets showing site in context

The site sits exactly where the creek meets this victorian grid of streets.

plan of london streets and buildings showing site in context

The site, shown in a red outline, is approximately 9,000sqm. Of this, approximately 5,800sqm could be built on.

aerial view over Chelsea Harbour to Lots Road, from south east

The creek is a hidden opportunity lying within the dense development of the area, to root new buildings within a sense of place.

After all, the Thames is the reason London is here.

The bridge over the creek should be a landmark, connecting the landscape with the new uses.

Key to the character of Lots Road are the employment uses, such as Worlds End Studios, the Auction House as well as the Heatherley School of Fine Art.

view of chelsea creek beside the bridge
view south down Lots Road towards Chelsea Harbour
Worlds Ends Studios facade, painted black brick with large white spots
the courtyard at Heatherley School of Fine Art

Draft capacity study based on the typology of the courtyard arrangement of Worlds End Studios, located just opposite.

Each floor level shown here consists of approximately 3,500sqm.

History of Cremorne Gardens

view of the Bandstand at Cremorne Gardens by TH Shepherd 1852

1852 - the Bandstand at Cremorne Gardens, by TH Shepherd

view inside the Ashburnham Pavilion at Cremorne Gardens 1858

1858 - the Ashburnham Pavilion at Cremorne Gardens

The Female Blondin Crossing The Thames From Battersea To Cremorne On A Tightrope 1861

1861 - the Female Blondin crossing the Thames from Battersea to Cremorne on a tightrope

The Dancing Platform At Cremorne Gardens by Phoebus Levin 1864

1864 - the Dancing Platform at Cremorne Gardens by Phoebus Levin, with the Pagoda at centre where the orchestra played

1865 map of the area, showing Cremorne Gardens and the nurseries, shortly before Bazalgette built the Chelsea Embankment.

The Cremorne Gardens opened in 1846.

1865 map of the area showing Cremorne Gardens and the nurseries

A closer look at Cremorne Gardens, taken from the 1865 map.

Alongside the Ashburnham Hall and Hotel, attractions include:

- The Maze
- Marionette Theatre
- Firework Gallery
- Bowling Saloon
- Circus
- Fernery
- Diorama
- Gypsy's Grotto
- Shooting Gallery
- Pagoda
- The Bowers
- Chinese Games
- the Stereorama
- various fountains

closer look at the 1865 map of the area showing Cremorne Gardens


Architect - Nicholas Zervoglos Architects