Crystal Wharf
Crystal Wharf

From derelict
to destination


This stunning development in Graham Street comprises three distinctive structures that combine with existing buildings to form a development that is diverse in terms of age, scale, materials and form

A major regeneration project, which involved both Harris and City Wharves, the freehold of which was owned by British Waterways.


Harris Wharf Development Co Ltd (HWDC), a 50:50 joint venture between Groveworld and PTE Architects, was formed and a development agreement was signed with British Waterways

HWDC was charged with obtaining planning permission, the construction of the site, marketing as well as selling the apartments. British Waterways retained some of the apartments and commercial space as part of deal

Scheme overview

  • Planning permission obtained for 57 apartments and two commercial units
  • Iconic design forms new local landmark
  • Section 106 agreement for provision of affordable units satisfied off-site in an innovative deal to provide housing and a new school
  • Winner of two prestigious design awards


YNH Awards 2004
Best Waterside Development

National Homebuilder Design Awards 2004
Best use of a Brownfield Site

Islington Society Architecture & Conservation Award 2006


A luxury waterside development in the heart of Islington that has already become a landmark in an area notably fussy about new architecture.

The Independent