Oxo Tower Wharf
Oxo Tower Wharf is an award-winning building situated on the South Bank of the river Thames. The Wharf is mixed use development of co-operative homes, retail design studios, restaurants and cafes and exhibition venues gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.
The Oxo Tower has been a landmark since the 1930s. Originally owned OXO brand it has had varied uses since. By the 1970s it had fallen into disrepair and was largely derelict.
In the 1990s Oxo Tower Wharf entered a new phase when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) began a major refurbishment project.
The £20 million refurbishment was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. It was funded by a mixture of bank loans, CSCB equity, a Housing Corporation grant and English Partnerships. In 1997 it was awarded The Royal Find Art Commission/BSkyB Building of the Year for Urban Regeneration Award.
Oxo Tower Wharf was opened to the public in 1996. The ground, first and second floors are home to over 30 retail design studios, specialist shops and a restaurant with breathtaking river views. On the ground floor gallery@oxo hosts a changing programme of exhibitions.
A unique feature of the Wharf is its retail studios for 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 disciplines including fine art, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.
On the rooftop is a public viewing gallery (open daily, free admission) and the Harvey Nichols OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie. Below is the Redwood Housing Co-operative with 78 flats on five floors. The co-operative has its own entrance, lifts and basement parking.
Phase II of Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse, was home to the innovative The Museum Of from 1998-2001. Today it is used as a venue for exhibitions and events. Bargehouse will be developed for permanent commercial uses in the future.