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Studio Egret West scoops Docklands job

Clerkenwell firm commissioned to take a fresh look at waterfront plot originally earmarked for Foster + Partners/SOM towers scheme

Studio Egret West has taken over the masterplan of a high-profile site in London’s Docklands previously in the hands of Foster + Partners and SOM.

The Clerkenwell-based firm will provide a ‘fresh perspective’ on the 3 Millharbour and 6-8 South Quay Square plot, known as Millharbour Quarter, lying adjacent to SOM’s 50-storey Pan Peninsula tower, which was completed in 2009.

Foster + Partners and SOM submitted plans for the 2.6 hectare waterfront site three years ago but the application was withdrawn a year later, due to lack of support from Tower Hamlets council.

The abandoned scheme, based on Terry Farrell and Partners’ vision for the wider area, featured nine buildings, including a 46-storey tower with 455 residential apartments. It also included 44,938m² of office space and affordable housing.

Studio Egret West will work for Millharbour, a joint venture between Galliard Homes and Pan Peninsula developer Ballymore, on the fresh scheme, for which the full architectural team has yet to be decided. David West said: ‘We were commissioned after competitive interview. Our initial focus is to provide a fresh perspective on place-making.’ He confirmed other designers could be brought in to flesh out the detailed design.

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