The Savoy Pier
The new Savoy Pier, opening in 2013, will be a stunning new venue for corporate events, weddings and private parties, also home to the Woods’ Silver Fleet of luxurious yachts on the banks of The Thames.
After twenty years of waiting, Woods’ Silver Fleet have been granted permission to build the River Thames’ most luxurious and ecological private pier. The new site for Savoy Pier will be in one of London’s most desirable and central locations on Victoria Embankment. With the backdrop of the wonderfully designed Savoy Hotel and flanked on either side by Cleopatra’s Needle and Waterloo Bridge, this wonderful creation will have the creme de la creme of iconic London architecture for its neighbours.
The River Thames meanders effortlessly through the capital, but it is this curvature from Waterloo Bridge that has always caught the imagination of some of the greatest artists and authors of all time. It has been admired and recorded in many forms by none other than Charles Dickens, Monet, Whistler and Canaletto. The wonderful panoramic view has only been enhanced through modern times by the addition of the London Eye and the Southbank, complimenting Westminster Bridge and the startlingly designed Palace of Westminster.
The entrance to the Pier will occupy an original, historic pier entrance, created by architect Joseph Bazalgette, which was used in Victorian times for steam ships. The Savoy Pier will feature 21st century, eco architecture designed by Bere:Architects.
The design will feature bespoke carpentry, giant triple glazed windows, cast concrete and granite decking, meadow “living” roofs, solar panels and LED lighting by one of the world’s leading lighting designers.
Echoing the relaxed luxury fittings and lines of the sailing world, the pier will feature a dramatic entrance from the 19th century embankment pavement, down a private walkway flanked with spotlights. The illuminated pathway will lead to a pair of 200sqm glass rooms with stunning river views, one of which will be a reception space for private charter clients ready to board one of Woods’ Silver Fleet Yachts.
The walkway then leads to a 130m pontoon, elegantly sheltered by a glass encasement all the way to the furthest tip, where a beautiful 198sqm glass “boathouse” will stand housing the new 15m river taxi, Silver Darling. This breathtakingly designed boathouse will create a new VIP boarding zone for both Woods’ and the Savoy Hotels’ guests.
Tom Woods, MD, Woods’ Silver Fleet
Julia Harris, Entertainment Director, The Savoy Hotel