Designing in neighbourliness in high-end, high density, apartment blocks

Embassy Gardens
Embassy Gardens

Embassy Gardens is a central to the redevelopment of Nine Elms and forms the backdrop to the new US Embassy. The blocks are arranged around raised courtyards with varying building masses, designed to maximize views, daylight, and amenity space. The use of contrasting brick cladding creates a strong piece of urban architecture, while allowing a sense of identity and a residential scale for each individual block.

Active retail and commercial frontages at ground level connect Embassy Square, the linear park and the river frontage with a network of streets and a central square. Designed as a cohesive group, these masonry clad buildings draw inspiration from 19th Century American high-rise buildings and London’s classic mansion blocks.

Key Information

Sector: Residential, Mixed Use

Client: Ballymore Properties Ltd

Location: London

Completion: December 2015

Size: 4,700sqm

Yes, Ambassador

Our designs began with a series of aspirations to create an enjoyable, memorable, and inspirational area to live.

The development includes 314 apartments arranged around raised courtyard gardens, public spaces, roof gardens and private terraces. Amidst the high-density blocks, there is ample space for people.

The different heights of the blocks prevent overlooking between apartments, while a variety of brick finishes bring character and a sense of place to the streetscape.  It also includes a new major green space connecting Vauxhall and Battersea Park.


Lead Architect
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Structural/Building Services Engineers
Walsh Group
Project Manager/Cost Consultant
Acumen Portfolio Solutions/Gleeds
M&E/Sustainability Engineer
Acoustic Engineers
Hann Tucker Associates
Fire Engineer
Hoare Lea
Landscape Architects
Planning Consultant
CBRE/Wandsworth City Council
Environmental Consultants
Waterman Group
Lighting Design
GIA Equation
Interior Design
Luis Bustamante
Energy Consultants
Element Energy
Townscape Analysis
Peter Stewart Consultancy
Transport Engineer

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