Gallions Reach

Hydrology and Geology

The project proposes a hydrological landscape that aims to decontaminate a toxic urban site at Gallions Reach, on the south bank of the River Thames.

Geologically, it lies above a vein of chalk that runs approximately 9km from Greenwich. A long history of military use dating from the 1500s through to the Second World War has left the land lying above the chalk heavily polluted with Arsenic, Cyanide, fuel oils and sulphates.

The proposal divides the site into smaller test sites, each on a ten-year cycle of stabilising the contamination and providing a safe and usable public space. The chalk found of the site is utilised alongside concrete to intrinsically link the land and the building.

The language of the architecture has evolved through the manipulation of water and as a continuation of the landscape. The buildings are formed of nested layers, the outer layer provides a protective shell that is softened by the weather, while in contrast; the inner habitable layers are highly glazed and polished. The internal spaces provide varying degrees of environmental comfort with no definitive threshold between interior and exterior.

MA Architecture, Distinction, 2016

Unit 12, The Bartlett, UCL

Design Tutors:

Jonathan Hill, Elizabeth Dow, Matthew Butcher

Thesis Tutor:

Matthew Barnett Howland

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