Royal Wharf site tour and architectural presentation

Three architects will explore what gives Royal Wharf its identity and why London is always being re-invented.

Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects will lead the tour of Royal Wharf, on the north bank of the Thames. This will be followed by presentations by Alex Ely of Mae Architects and Chris Lee of Serie Architects. Each will explain how understanding the history of the site and the wider context of London’s ‘great estates’ have shaped the architecture.

The area is stepped in history. Part of the Royal Docks regeneration area and formerly Minoco Wharf, Royal Wharf was originally riverside marshes before becoming part of the world’s biggest port in the 19th century.

The development by Ballymore and Oxley will see the area transformed into a new community for approximately 10,000 residents. The first residents moved into their new homes in early 2017.

Mae’s building at Royal Wharf reflects the geology of the riverbank. The 14-storey building has a textured façade inspired by oyster shells discovered in the excavation of dock walls.

In contrast, Serie Architects building references classical architecture and Nash terraces. Finally, Glenn Howells Architects has taken inspiration from both Docklands warehouses and the historic squares of east London.

The tour ends at the Marketing Suite designed by HAL Architects.The elegant, minimal box in dark metal and glass offers sweeping views of Greenwich Peninsula and the Thames Barrier. After the presentations drinks will be served.

The event will begin at Pontoon Dock DLR station at 6.30pm sharp.


June 26, 2018

18:30 - 21:00

Admission: FREE

Tickets/Booking: RSVP to the following email:

Image: Royal Wharf


Royal Wharf

Royal Wharf, North Woolwich Road, London, E16 2SB E16 2SB


Guests will meet tour guides at Pontoon Dock DLR Station