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Rogers takes on massive east London scheme

Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP) has won a prestigious role in a huge regeneration scheme in London's Docklands.

It was announced yesterday that RRP will be masterplanner for the design of the £2 billion Wood Wharf project.

BDP will collaborate with RRP over the masterplan, and will also work as phase one architect and on an environmental impact assessment.

The masterplan will be worked on during the next 15 months, and will be submitted for planning in the second half of 2006. Plans for the first phase - which will include between 50,000-75,000m 2of residential space to be comprised of around 500 new homes - will be submitted at the same time.

Once the details of the masterplan have been finalised, the nature of subsequent phases will be set in stone.

Nick Terry, chairman of BDP, said: 'We're working as a partnership. Canary Wharf has taken about 15 years to build out, and this is between a third and half the size of that. It's is going to take a number of years.'

The project hit the rocks earlier this year when Hammerson and Foggo Associates could have scuppered the scheme when they submitted plans for a 42,500m 2tower at No 1 Harbour Quay. This lies within the boundaries of an original Wood Wharf masterplan (AJ 19.05.05).

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for Wood Wharf was adopted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in December 2003.

It expected that the overall scheme will create 20,000 new jobs, 1,500 new homes and make a major contribution towards the long-term financial security of Britain's 200-year-old waterway network.

In addition to the roles of RRP and BDP, GVA Grimley has been appointed as planner, Arup to work on the scheme's geotechnics, and Steer David Gleave to work on transportation.

by Rob Sharp

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