Ballymore + Oxley

Royal Wharf Pier

There for everyone to enjoy, this generous and exciting new public space in the Thames is a riverboat terminal with a difference

Located in Ballymore and Oxley’s Royal Wharf development in London’s Royal Docks, our Royal Wharf Pier offers a new and unique perspective on the Thames. The strikingly contemporary design replaces an existing derelict jetty, providing locals and visitors with new access to the city, while also creating places to gather and enjoy the remarkable views of some of London’s most impressive landmarks.

The fixed element of the pier acts as a linear open space, reminiscent of traditional British seaside piers. This frames long views towards the horizon, and leads users towards a generous viewing platform, set upon the river. Featuring integrated timber seating, this invites people to linger, relax and admire the views up and down the Thames

The viewing platform also separates the public promenade from the floating gangway and pontoon of the MBNA Thames Clippers terminal through distinct angles in the pier’s design, making this appear seemingly infinite from the river’s edge. On the pontoon, a sheltered waiting area is a second timber ‘island’ enclosed in a metal shell, providing protection from the elements.

The shelter’s design is a playful response to more traditional pier design. Starting with a regular rectangular form, we cut and folded the shape to reflect the strong angles of the pier’s path, while a skewed and cut back roofline slopes to direct views down the river.

The layout creates increased open space around the shelter, allowing boats to dock easily and providing generous space for passengers. The large structural elements supporting the pier are concealed behind diagonal timber battens, enhancing an impression of weightless floating.

Royal Wharf Pier is anticipated to open to the public in late 2019.

Royal Wharf Pier
Ballymore + Oxley
December 2018
London, UK
Alan DempseyRowan MorriceAyodele Akinola
Architect - Nex— Principal Designer - Beckett Rankine Main contractor - McLaughlin and Harvey M&E consultant - Tate Planning consultant - Rolfe Judd Quantity surveyor - Huntley Cartwright