Cremorne Riverside Centre

Located by the River Thames in Chelsea, Cremorne Riverside Centre provides accessible canoeing and kayaking facilities for young people.

Client: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Construction Value: £560,000
Completion: 2007
Location: London

2009 BURA Waterways Renaissance Awards (finalist)
2008 RIBA National Award
2008 Sustainability Awards: Sustainable Building of the Year, Small Project (runner up)
2008 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2008 British Construction Industry Award:
Best Small Building Project (shortlisted)
Local Authority Award (shortlisted)
Environmental Award (shortlisted)
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award (shortlisted)

Resembling a pair of upturned boats, two bright corten steel buildings are united by a platform with level access to the river. Easily demountable, the buildings can make way for flood wall repairs if required. Inside they contain boat storage, changing rooms and office space. Cumbrian sheep’s wool insulates the walls and a ground source pump provides heating. The landscaping and roof gardens that reuse demolition materials help to preserve fragile local habitats.


“This modest assembly… goes beyond ordinary architecture and enters the world of art. You can look at this building for a long time without running out of things to think about”

Building Design


Photos by James Brittain and Ioana Marinescu