Ian Ritchie Architects
Richard Coleman Citydesigner was commissioned in 2002 to assist Ian Ritchie Architects in the design process and preparation of a planning application for a prominent development on a vacant former car and coach park adjacent to the Grade II listed Lambeth College and near the Grade II* listed Tower Bridge. The scheme comprises of 8 residential towers with retail, office and cultural uses at ground and mezzanine levels. The consultancy provided ongoing advice on the design of the scheme, and carried out assessments of its impact on local heritage assets, such as the neighbouring Grade II listed buildings, Grade II* listed Tower Bridge and the Tower of London World Heritage Site. The consultancy also assessed the visual impact of the scheme on important long-distance, townscape and riverside views.
Advice from the consultancy played a pivotal role in developing project strategy and the final form of the scheme, while we also engaged in advocacy for the project with major stakeholders, such as English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces. The consultancy also produced, as part of an EIA, a Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment report which presented an analysis of the baseline conditions, design critique of the proposals and and results of the impact assessments carried out, using verified visual montages (VVMs) and accurate rendered montages produced by the specialist visualisation consultants Chief Executive Assignments and Robert Hinton and Partners.
The project was approved in 2005 following a public inquiry at which Richard Coleman was an expert witness.