Greenwich Peninsula Design District
16 buildings by eight architects on a brownfield site
London’s first purpose-built design district is to take shape on the Greenwich Peninsula — 16 different buildings by eight architects providing affordable workshops and studio spaces — with all engineering by Whitby Wood.

On a one hectare riverside site adjacent to the Millennium Dome, the Design District is a central feature of Knight Dragon’s masterplan for the peninsula and lies at the head of a new park that runs for 600m through the centre of the masterplan area.

Knight Dragon has commissioned eight architects to independently design 16 buildings in the pedestrianised district, which includes courtyards and a public square. In support of all the creative industries, including art, design, music and digital technology, the buildings will house various combinations of multi-use offices, flexible desk space, workshops and ateliers. The complex includes a food market and a roof-top basketball court.

As the buildings employ different design concepts and materials, each has its own structural solution. However, they share an efficient approach to foundation design and co-ordinated buried building services provision across the whole site, which is currently occupied by a park. To minimise arisings, depth of foundations and interaction with buried obstructions, vibro piling is to be used. Transport for London’s planned Silvertown road tunnel will cross the site at the southern end, passing under two of the buildings.

The 16 buildings range in height from 3 to 5 levels, except for the food market — a single-level steel structure clad in plastic polymer (ETFE) that winds through the district. As a group, the buildings bring unexpected design contrasts and exciting energy to the development. Rationalised structures have been developed that maintain this spirit as well as enabling economic construction, and all buildings are to be delivered ready for fit-out by the creatives that will use them.

We are providing civil and structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering with collaborator Wood Thilsted, plus building services and sustainability through associate practices Skelly & Couch and Scotch Partners respectively. The buildings are designed by Assemblage (lead), 6a Architects, Architecture 00, Barozzi Veiga, David Kohn Architects, Adam Kahn Architects, Mole Architects and Selgacano, with landscaping by Schulze+Grassov. A new park is to be located on an adjacent site.

Greenwich Peninsula, London, UK
Knight Dragon
Assemblage (lead), 6a Architects, Architecture 00, Barozzi Veiga, David Kohn Architects, Adam Kahn Architects, Mole Architects, Selgascano


Structural engineering
Building services
Geotechnical engineering
Civil engineering


Restaurants + bars

renderings : Knight Dragon
model : Whitby Wood