: Contractor - John Sisk and Son, Architect - SimpsonHaughVetro is Rockwell’s landmark mixed-use regeneration project in Westferry, London. Completed this year, the development is a 30-storey regeneration project of a previously derelict site situated at the gateway to London’s famous financial hub, Canary Wharf. Vetro comprises 68 contemporary new homes, alongside a 400-bedroom hotel, restaurant, podium garden and pocket park.
Designed by world-renowned architects, SimpsonHaugh, Vetro responds carefully to its surroundings. Rockwell’s 30-storey building transitions effortlessly from traditional London stock brick, synonymous with East London, to a slender vertical component of shimmering glass, reflecting the London sky. Interiors at Vetro embrace the rich history the local area, with dark materials, clean lines, and lighting taking cues from the nearby docklands. Thoughtfully designed, these spaces offer functional yet luxurious rooms in which to rest and play, with post-pandemic flexible working trends in mind. Construction worked through difficult obstacles, with tight site footprint in close proximity to Westferry DLR presenting a complicated site brief, requiring innovative methods to maximise footage and minimise risk. The outbreak of COVID-19 shortly after ground-breaking threw an additional spanner into the works. Rockwell worked tirelessly to produce a world-class finished product, benefitting residents, guests and the local area, whilst remaining within distancing guidelines, minimising environmental impacts and maximising benefits to the people and communities of Westferry. In Vetro, Rockwell leaves behind not only an attractive, landmark development which highlights and reflects the best features of its surroundings, but also a legacy of economic and social benefit to the Westferry.