Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bridget Jones Lives Here; the Farmers' Market Is Exciting, and So Are the New Homes. David Spittles Makes a Diary Date with Borough

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bridget Jones Lives Here; the Farmers' Market Is Exciting, and So Are the New Homes. David Spittles Makes a Diary Date with Borough

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Byline: DAVID SPITTLES

BOROUGH is synonymous with new-era London. Over the past five years, the transformation has been remarkable. In the mid-1990s, the market area resembled a disused film set, with redundant wharves and decaying railway arches.

Today, it is London's larder. Crowds descend at the weekend to visit the farmers' market (probably the best this side of the Channel), and speciality food shops and restaurants have opened. The historic riverfront now forms part of the tourist trail from Tower Bridge to Tate Modern and beyond.

Homes continue to sprout up, not only on the fringe but in the heart of the market area itself.

Clink Street, a narrow, cobbled alley running parallel to the river, is the best address (it was used as a loft location for the film Bridget Jones's Diary). Here, the listed foundations of medieval Winchester Palace and its protected Rose Window are there for all to see - a rare slice of heritage that developer Fisherking needed to incorporate when conceiving two new schemes.

The setting required an original piece of architecture, sensitive to the archaeological remains. This objective has been achieved after a two-year dialogue with local planners.

"The remains are classified as a scheduled ancient monument, the same status as Stonehenge," says Fisherking's David Fennell.

Victor Wharf has been built over (not on) the old foundations. A thick, structural deck protects the ruins for future generations, while above, a distinguished building designed by architect CZWG may well become a candidate for listing.

Two circular glass towers rise out of the brickclad building - a modern twist that works well in the low-rise Victorian surroundings, while hardwood-framed windows on the curved bays of the towers soften the facade.

There are 14 apartments, from one-bedroom homes through to a duplex penthouse. …

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