Oxo Tower Wharf
Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning, landmark building situated on the Riverside Walkway part of London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.
The Oxo Tower has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s. During its industrial heyday it was owned by the makers of the OXO brand and has had numerous and varied uses since. By the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and was largely derelict.
In the 1990s Oxo Tower Wharf entered a new lease of life when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) began a major refurbishment project to transform the building into an award-winning mixed use development of co-operative homes, retail design studios, specialist shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars.
The £20 million refurbishment was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and funded by a mixture of bank loans and CSCB equity, Housing Corporation grant and English Partnerships. Oxo Tower Wharf received The Royal Find Art Commission/BSkyB Building of the Year for Urban Regeneration Award in 1997.
Since opening to the public in 1996 Oxo Tower Wharf has attracted a wide range of visitors. The ground, first and second floors are home to over 30 retail design studios as well as specialist shops, restaurant spaces to let with breathtaking river views, and gallery @oxo with its changing programme of exhibitions.
A unique feature of the Wharf is its concentration of retail studios for contemporary designer-makers. Here the public has the opportunity to watch designers at work and to commission or purchase a wide variety of original products across many disciplines including fashion, fine art, furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass. Some of the country’s leading designers have studios at Oxo Tower Wharf including ceramicist Bodo Sperlein, bespoke dressmaker Candy Anthony, and product designers Black+Blum.
Phase II of Oxo Tower Wharf – known as Bargehouse – was home to the innovative The Museum Of from 1998-2001. Today it is used as a venue for exhibitions and public and private events. Bargehouse will be developed for permanent commercial uses in the future.
On its rooftop is the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie (let to Harvey Nichols) and a free public viewing gallery (open daily, free admission). The residential area below consists of 78 flats on five floors for Redwood Housing Co-operative. The co-operative has its own entrance, lifts and basement parking.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH