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Hammerson and Foggo deny scuppering scheme

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Developer Hammerson and Foggo Associates have denied deliberately putting a spanner in the works of a £2 billion waterside regeneration scheme in London by Bath-based architect Nick Kuhn.

Peter Cole, Hammerson's director of development and acquisitions, refuted the claim that his firm's plans for a site in the overall masterplan will frustrate Kuhn's proposals for the Isle of Dogs' Wood Wharf site.

He also denied that the scheme contravenes British Waterways' vision for the regeneration project.

However, both British Waterways and Canary Wharf have lodged official objections to Foggo Associates' plans for a 42,500m 2 tower scheme at No 1 Harbour Quay.

Hammerson holds the site's leasehold, whereas the river and waterway authority owns the land itself.

Cole said: 'The key factor is that we purchased our holding in 2000, at a stage when we had identified it as an area with longterm regeneration potential.

'Our proposal is part of the masterplan, ' he added. 'We want to go forward on our own, potentially ahead of British Waterways' own plans.' British Waterways is understood to want to retain complete control over development on the land, which sits within the boundaries of Kuhn's 20-acre masterplan, approved by Tower Hamlets council in 2003.

In a statement released late last week a spokesperson for British Waterways said: 'In partnership with Canary Wharf, we plan to implement a major mixed-use regeneration of the entire Wood Wharf site.

'In our view, the proposal for No 1 Harbour Quay would not achieve these objectives and is inconsistent with the aims of the Wood Wharf masterplan, which precludes piecemeal redevelopment of the area, ' the spokesman added.

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