The Lighterman / by greenpenlondon

CGI: The Lighterman tower on Lower Riverside of Greenwich Peninsula [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

The Lighterman, a residential development by Knight Dragon, is currently under construction on the Lower Riverside of Greenwich Peninsula.  It comprises three buildings, including a 23 storey tower, arranged around a shared landscaped courtyard. Construction is expected to complete by end-2017.

The development forms part of Peninsula Riverside Phase II, which delivers 498 homes on three plots: M0103 Lighterman, M0104 Waterman and M0116 Fulmar. The Lighterman is designed by architects careyjones chapmantolcher (CJCT).

Planning permission was granted March 2014 (13/2874/F). Plot M0103 is Ardmore’s fourth construction project on the Peninsula following the delivery of 430 residential units in two blocks for Bellway (City Peninsula and Platinum Riverside) and 300 student apartments (Scape Greenwich).

CGI: The Lighterman (left) and neighbouring developments [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

Construction progress - The Lighterman viewed from Greenwich Yacht Club - September 2016 []


The Lighterman tower will contain 225 residential units, 102 of which will be private (full market price) apartments. The surrounding smaller buildings contain 51 intermediate units and 72 social rented units. Affordable accommodation is to be provided by Moat Homes and constitutes 54% of homes, of which 32% will be designated for social rented units (yellow on the block diagrams below) and 22% will be intermediate shared ownership units (orange). The remaining 46% (blue) will be private accommodation. The tenures each have separate entrances at ground level and use of their own lifts, stair cores and cycle and refuse stores. In terms dwelling type across the three buildings, 10 will be studio units, 68 one bedroom, 113 two bed and 34 three bed units.

The design of Lighterman tower [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

At 86 metres, the Lighterman tower (Building A) marks the progression from the existing 18 storey City Peninsula development to the south, to taller planned developments to the north, including 32 storey The Waterman.

The design of the tower is described as having a tripartite composition defined by an elegant white textured frame that provides shadow and depth to the façade. A considered pattern of full height windows and metallic cladding that is held within the elegant frame provides a richness of texture and warm tones. Balconies and glazing to principal living spaces are positioned at the corners maximising dual aspect views. A semi-basement car park creates a raised courtyard, on which a garden will be created to include communal social and play space for residents of all buildings.

Beyond the sixteenth floor the northern part of the tower is extruded in isolation to the twenty-third level. A terrace on the seventeenth floor of the tower will be a be shared amenity space for residents. The design for the top of the tower is said to represent "a refined jewel, manifest as a finely detailed glass box, which is clasped in place by an elegant frame".

CGI: The Lighterman tower, left of the The Waterman and as-yet-unnamed tower on plot M0121 [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

Upper floors of The Lighterman with a shared 17th floor roof terrace [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

CGI: Shared Garden on raised podium, accessible to all residents of The Lighterman buildings [Knight Dragon/CJCT]

Construction Progress

View northwest from Olympian Way - first few floors of the 23 storey Lighterman tower, between the associated affordable homes (left) and Waterman (right) - Nov 2015 [greenpenlondon]

Lighterman tower (appears left of Waterman), viewed from Trinity Buoy Wharf - May 2016 []

View over Lighterman development from roof of neighbouring Waterman, June 2016 []

Lighterman (left) and Waterman (right) towers - Sept 2016 []

Block C along Reminder Lane and Olympian Way - July 2016 []

View of Block B, adjacent to construction site of Aperture - August 2016 []

Lower Riverside developments viewed from Trinity Buoy Wharf, Poplar - Sept 2016 []


 Interiors of The Lighterman's private homes are created by Conran + PartnersConran's design concept is said to pay tribute to the Peninsula’s industrial past with polished nickel and a palette of soft greys. The designer for the communal areas of the private block, Curro Perez Alcantara, notes:

The general approach based on the historical context of the site. For the Lighterman our concept was focus on the colour palette of the river Thames and texture of the naval history. In order to bring activity and a sense of community to the lobby, we develop a wood structure with meeting rooms, post boxes and lounge area that will organise the space and break the plan into different areas. The choice of materials and the colour palette pick up on the reflectivity and properties of water and the over all look reminds of the industrial heritage of Greenwich.

Buyers are given a choice of two interior schemes, with light and dark colour palettes. Apartments will feature:

  • Marble dado panelling, bespoke feature storage and lighting in bathrooms.
  • Alno German manufactured kitchen cabinetry, a choice of white or grey oak timber veneer, and marble splashback and Corian worktop in Kitchens.
  • A choice of light or greyed oak timber flooring and underfloor heating throughout living and sleeping areas.

Below are visualisations of the interiors (by Miller Hare). The first 3 graphics show a 1-bedroom flat and the others show the 23rd floor penthouse apartment.


Floorplans below for The Lighterman show studio, 1-2-3 bedroom flats and the penthouse (Source: Greenwich Peninsula/Knight Dragon). The 3-bedroom penthouse apartment, covering 180 square-metres, has a private 'winter garden'.

Affordable Homes

Building B (shared ownership) fronts the river and steps up to 6 stories opposite to the 3 storey City Peninsula 'town houses' on Reminder Lane. The Lighterman's family duplex units are located along Reminder Lane and mirror the character of the existing mews units opposite on City Peninsula. These will have street-facing doors, but their primary access will be internally via the principal building entrances. The five to seven storey brickwork buildings that form the affordable homes act to ground the tower. The colour of the brickwork will change to give each building its own identity, with red brick being used in building B and white bricks in building C (social rented homes).

CGI: Lighterman tower on the Lower Riverside of Greenwich Peninsula [Knight Dragon/DSDHA]

CGI: Intermediate tenure in block B (red brick) on Lower Riverside

CGI: Social rented apartments within The Lighterman development (block B red brick, block C white brick), located east of The Aperture community building [Knight Dragon/DSDHA]

Proposed northeast elevation (river front facing buildings A and B)


Plans were submitted for M0103 in October 2013 (13/2874/F), when Knight Dragon held a 60% stake in Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration Limited (GPRL), the joint venture holding company, alongside Quintain. An agreement was later reached for Knight Dragon to take on sole ownership of the entire scheme from November 2013. Following this, planning permission was granted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for the four proposed developments - including The Lighterman - in March 2014.

Examples of the proposed elevations:


Proposed southeast elevation (view from Reminder Lane)

Proposed southeast elevation (view from Reminder Lane)

Lower Riverside DEVELOPMENTS

Visualisations for The Lighterman tower on the Lower Riverside, located south of The Waterman tower (M0104) and as-yet-unnamed M0121:

CGI: Lower Riverside developments fronting the river, (left to right): Bellway's Platinum Riverside and City Peninsula and Knight Dragon's Jetty, Lighterman, Waterman and M0121 (Knight Dragon/CJCT)