All roads lead to The Corniche5 November 2015
Expectations are understandably rising now construction of a landmark residential development designed by the UK’s leading firm of architects is underway on the South Bank of the River Thames.
And The Corniche – three eye-catching towers created by Foster + Partners – will not disappoint.
Lord Norman Foster’s celebrated architectural practice is responsible for the design of iconic buildings all over the world.
The London-based firm has won more than 600 awards since its inception in 1967 and has topped the AJ120 programme – an annual survey of the best architecture practices in the UK – for the past four years.
Previous successes include HSBC’s headquarters in Hong Kong and London, the Imperial War Museum’s First World War galleries and the 50-storey United Nations Plaza in New York, while earlier this year Sir Norman collected a Twenty Years of Excellence Award in recognition of the practice’s contribution to British architecture and its achievements over the past two decades.
Not to be confused with the Doha Corniche – a waterfront promenade in the capital of Qatar – developer St James has described Foster + Partners’ new design on the Albert Embankment as “a building to look at and look out from”.
The towers, which are between 15 and 27 storeys high, will contain a total of 253 generously-proportioned high-spec one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses with floor-to-ceiling glazing offering unrivalled views of the capital’s landmarks.
When complete in 2017, the exterior of the high-rise buildings will be a sea of curved balconies that mirror the flow of the river below, while the interior will convert the development’s elliptical character into curved forms that marry the site’s Art Deco heritage with the best of modern luxury.
Clues to the luxury amenities on offer to residents, which include an infinity pool, spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre complete with personal trainers, private screening room and bar, 19th-floor club lounge with terrace, secure underground parking and a 24-hour concierge, will reveal themselves on the approach to the mixed-use development.
A sweeping driveway and piazza complete with water feature and seating will take residents to a lobby containing statement lighting, commissioned artwork and backlit onyx.
Inside the open-plan apartments, residents will have multipoint TV outlets and wiring for HD digital TV. But it is not just their high specification that is creating demand for apartments in The Corniche.
The development’s location on the historic Albert Embankment means residents have quick access to the whole of central London, including the financial district of The City and the West End, while major international airports are less than an hour away.
Attractions within walking distance of The Corniche include the South Bank – London’s leading cultural destination – and the city’s new diplomatic quarter of Nine Elms.
When this £15bn regeneration scheme is complete by 2020, Nine Elms will be home to the US and Dutch and embassies – plus about 16,000 new homes, 1.5m square feet of retail space, 2.5m square feet of office space, restaurants and leisure attractions, a school, nurseries and healthcare facilities centred around Battersea Power Station.
Two new Tube stations are also under construction connecting Nine Elms to the 3km extension to the Northern Line, which has prompted both China and the United Arab Emirates to investigate moving their embassies to the area.
This level of investment, which eclipses the £9bn cost of the 2012 Olympics site in east London, promises to deliver significant long-term benefits, not just in terms of property values but also in demand for rental properties within easy reach of both central London and the new diplomatic quarter.
Garton Jones expects demand for the best luxury homes in this area to far outstrip their supply. Please contact our Nine Elms Office on 02038 116 332 if you wish to learn more about opportunities to buy an elegant apartment in The Corniche and experience seamless luxury at its best while owning a residential asset that will increase in value. Alternatively, please fill in the form below.