In the early 1900s Oxo Tower Wharf was home to a power station supplying energy to the Post Office. By the late 1920s the land had been purchased by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, famous for their OXO beef cubes. The Company demolished most of the power station and extended the riverside frontage. It was then during the 1930s that the Oxo Tower became the riverside landmark famous today. By the 1970s the building was largely neglected, and when Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) purchased the Wharf the only activity on the site was two barges which were being used as a floating helicopter port! The new owners created a two-story arcade to link in with the construction of the riverwalk. In 1988, the middle of the building and part of the barge house was removed. 1991 saw the basic structure of the building repaired to a point where finally a bank was willing to lend money for the main refurbishment of Oxo Tower Wharf. During the 1990s CSCB transformed the old wharf in to a mixed-use development for consumers, including retail design studios, galleries and restaurants. The £20 million refurbishment was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with the design winning The Royal Find Art Commission/BSkyB Building of the Year for Urban Regeneration in 1997. Now the Oxo Tower Wharf is home to the prestigious gallery@oxo, upmarket bridal boutiques and the Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie with stunning 360° views across the Thames and City of London.
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