London’s newest and most distinctive terminal for the MBNA Thames Clippers riverboat service is on target to open later this year connecting Ballymore and Oxley’s new development at Royal Wharf in London’s Royal Docks.
Designed by London-based architects Nex following a competition in 2016, Royal Wharf Pier uses contemporary design to replace an existing derelict jetty and will be the longest pier in central London.
The fixed element of the new terminal will be a linear open space, reminiscent of traditional British seaside piers, framing long, straight views towards the horizon and leading visitors onto a 162m2 viewing platform on the river. Featuring integrated seating and finished with durable marine grade timber, the generous space invites people to linger, relax and admire the views up and down the Thames.
The viewing platform will connect to a floating gangway and pontoon of the MBNA Thames Clippers terminal so the pontoon’s sheltered waiting area comprises a second timber ‘island’ – with integrated furniture and displays - enclosed in a metal shell, providing weather protection.
John Mulryan, Group Managing Director, at Ballymore, adds:
“Major new infrastructure like our Royal Wharf pier is a game-changer for east London’s connectivity - for north to south of the river, and into central London. Non-road travel is an essential part of the sustainability and growth of London’s commuter network, and this pier will soon be a part of that. Nex- has done an incredible job on the design, which we reveal in further detail today in these new images. Now that construction is underway, the vision is one step closer to being realised.”
Alan Dempsey, director at Nex—, said:
“In working with Ballymore and continuing our interest in connecting people to place, we saw an opportunity to combine new transport infrastructure with a distinctive new public space for London floating over the Thames. The pier provides both residents of Royal Wharf and visitors with new access to the city, while also offering places to gather, sit and enjoy the remarkable views of the Millennium Park, Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf.”
Sean Collins, Chief Executive Officer, at MBNA Thames Clippers, said:
“MBNA Thames Clippers welcomes the start of construction for the new Royal Wharf Pier enhancing our collaboration with Ballymore, which has been ongoing for many years. This is a significant milestone in our company’s network of piers across its 25km route, with Royal Wharf currently being our furthest pier east on the north bank of the Thames, servicing this fantastic riverside development. Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy water transport, with connections to Central London and as far west as Putney via Battersea.”