Proposal would facilitate river link between Hammersmith and Barnes
Architect's illustration of Harrods Wharf View From River Looking South. Picture: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Plans have been put forward to restore Harrods Wharf and use it to provide a south-side dock for a temporary Hammersmith to Barnes ferry.
Architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) and entrepreneur and philanthropist Jamie Waller have submitted a planning application to Richmond Council for a sea container-inspired building to act as a new ferry terminal.
It is estimated that 16,000 pedestrians and cyclists used to travel across the Hammersmith Bridge each day before it was closed last summer. They are now having to take long-winded detours for trips to school, work and medical appointments.
Transport for London (TfL) is currently procuring an operator for a temporary ferry crossing, as an interim measure, while repairs to the bridge are made.
The architects for Harrods Wharf believe that taking advantage of the existing structure is the most viable and sustainable option for a south-side landing.
Jamie Waller, owner of the Harrods Wharf said: “Harrods Wharf already exists and is still structurally sound since its former use for offloading furniture shipments bound for the grade II-listed Harrods Furniture Depository. A dry, safely-lit route is already in place – passengers can travel to and from the wharf via the municipal park.
“Both the park and the wharf will sit above high tide, so are not at risk of flooding, unlike some other locations being considered. Operations can quickly be started, with minimum impact on the ecology of the Thames bank and neighbouring residents, rather than requiring significant and complex construction.”
Architect's illustration of Harrods Wharf Ticket Booth. Picture: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
The proposal will be considered by Richmond Council.
Residents will be able to comment on the proposals on the council’s planning portal once it is validated.
Sian Bayley - Local Democracy Reporter
January 29, 2021