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RRP tower 'best yet' for Canary Wharf, says CABE

CABE has heaped praise on Richard Rogers Partnership's plans for two new skyscrapers in London's Docklands (AJ 6.3.03).

Canary Riverside - which consists of two office towers of 28 and 34 storeys linked by a third lower building with public access to the riverside - would form 'a distinguished addition to the skyline', CABE's design review committee has said.

It also praised changes, made to the scheme following a confidential review in June 2002, that have improved the lower building and 'aspects of the public realm'.

However, the committee's report does insist that RRP should further improve pedestrian access to the riverfront and calls for alterations to the use of colour in the facades.

The design review committee has also given its backing to Cesar Pelli Architects' and Alsop Architects' North Quay development in Docklands, which also consists of two office towers and a lowslung middle building.

Property developer Canary Wharf insists these two latest developments are full steam ahead, despite last week's 22 per cent collapse in its share price.

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