a new mixed-use creative quarter reinstating the Chelsea Creek, creating a new focal point for the community
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.
The site sits exactly where the creek meets this victorian grid of streets.
The site, shown in a red outline, is approximately 9,000sqm. Of this, approximately 5,800sqm could be built on.
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.
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.
1852 - the Bandstand at Cremorne Gardens, by TH Shepherd
1858 - the Ashburnham Pavilion at Cremorne Gardens
1861 - the Female Blondin crossing the Thames from Battersea to Cremorne on a tightrope
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.
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
- Gypsy's Grotto
- Shooting Gallery
- The Bowers
- Chinese Games
- the Stereorama
- various fountains