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EPR bids to bury the ghosts of Docklands bomb blast

A series of buildings in London's Docklands which have lain dormant since they were bombed by the IRA in February 1996 are finally set to get a new lease of life, if Tower Hamlets Borough Council gives a massive new scheme by EPR architects planning permission in October.

The practice has submitted a planning application to refurbish the bombed buildings on South Quay into offices and retail and has also included plans for six new buildings on the site, dubbed the Millennium Quarter.

Project architect Jon McCarthy told the AJ that the scheme, for developer Capital and Provident, involves nine buildings in all on the site near the South Quay Docklands Light Railway Station. The phased development includes a new office building of 24 storeys, with others including a 400-bed hotel and 100 serviced apartments, extra retail, and a new public space similar to Broadgate called Mastmakers Plaza, within a masterplan developed by EDAW. The project's cost will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

Tower Hamlets appointed EDAW to masterplan the 25ha South Quay and Millharbour site's 20-year future after it beat 30 other firms.

The IRA bomb - which ended the 18 month ceasefire four years ago - caused massive damage estimated at £150 million and claimed the lives of two people.

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