THE PYRAMID of Shad Thames

Contemporary architecture hidden within London’s warehouses by Joe Campbell


jonathan Dransfield moved to Bermondsey in 1988 and has been designing buildings in the area for the past twenty-five years for both private individuals and developers, as well as for himself. To date there are over thirty completed projects and developments in the area with four more on the drawing board.

When Jonathan moved there it was “like the land that time forgot”, with old warehouses full of antiques, as well as war-time bomb sites still in existence. He started working from home in Bermondsey Street and built the first office in Morocco Street eighteen years ago. Having outgrown that, he built the Pyramid, an iconic modern building hidden away in the Tower Bridge area. Although the practice operates from the Pyramid today, its projects are nationwide – ranging from a new farmhouse in Northern Ireland to a conversion of a watermill estate in Kent, as well as a new terrace building on Bermondsey Street itself.

According to Dransfield, living and working around the buildings they have designed gives them a great sense of how important the home and neighborhood are to communities, and having lived there at such a time of change has helped the practice to be sensitive to their needs. Their aim as a practice has always been to work closely with clients to ensure that their ambitions are fulfilled in the buildings they design, and, on a greater perspective, to ensure those buildings offer something to the neighborhood, either in its functional or aesthetic qualities.

The Pyramid has a great team, and offers international talents such as Ana Tello, a Portuguese architect, the chance to experience “the joys of living and working in such a buzzy part of London.” Over twenty five years have passed since Dransfield Architects began, yet their aim of offering their clients commitment, energy and passion has never changed.

Pyramid Building,
Jubilee Yard 31 Queen Elizabeth Street,
t: 020 7407 5460

“there’s a great sense of how
important the home and neighbourhood are to communities

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