Client: Web Construction
Contract: RIBA SFA 99
Contract Cost: circa £3m
Cost /sqm: Undisclosed
Odhams Wharf is a good example of what you can do with a limited brief, it is also a great
showcase to illustrate how architects see opportunities in a project that others don’t.
We inherited a very dull planning consent not worthy of the location, aspect and context of
We felt we could do better, so we did. An artist has a blank sheet of paper, or a lump of clay
they have to give colour or from to the piece, as an architect you have a rich source of
information, inspiration and context to work with. Every building IS from ‘somewhere’, how
does it respect that or even enhance it?
We saw that abuilding on the edge of the land created an opportunity to look out and
beyond. The water edges the site on two sides, so an l shaped form was created. Outwardly
addressing the views, inwardly creating a cloister or courtyard.
The site borders a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so we needed to consider this
aspect and the impacts carefully, wadding birds on the salt marshes need special
The glass on the corner atrium slopes, a little bit like a conning tower at the airport, why?
English nature said too much glass the birds will fly straight into it… so we sloped it, a simple
design consideration had a huge and positive impact on the design.
Unfortunately the building was owned and procured by a contractor so we didn’t get a
chance to detail it we’d have liked to, but they do a good job, all the same, it is a local
landmark and one we are very proud of.