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Squires wins go-ahead for UK's tallest residential tower

Squire and Partners’ proposed 75-storey Docklands tower, billed as the UK’s tallest residential skyscraper, has won planning permission

The scheme in London’s docklands, at the western end of South West India Dock, features a 239-metre-high residential tower which will contain 752 private flats and 70 shared-ownership apartments.

The City Pride skyscraper, which replaced an earlier 63-storey proposal by Foster and Partners, takes it name from a now-closed pub that currently occupies the site.

The tower will overtake Broadway Malyan’s 50-storey One St George Wharf tower, in Vauxhall as the UK’s tallest residential tower - although it would still be shorter than the country’s tallest building, Renzo Piano’s recently completed 95-storey Shard at London Bridge.

‘Designed as a clean rectilinear form to create a coherent marker for the termination of the dock’ the skyscraper joins a group of consented tall buildings in the immediate area, including Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ proposed trio of towers at Heron Quays West and the practice’s on-again-off-again Riverside South scheme.

The communal 27th and 56th floors of the City Pride tower will contain dining spaces, a landscaped children’s play area, an indoor ‘relaxation area’, gym and study rooms. Two roof top landscaped terraces run the full length of the building, protected from the wind by double height glazed walls.

As part of the development a cafe and indoor play space, with a publically accessible roof garden, will be built in a separate single storey building located on the dockside.

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Tower Hamlett also granted Squire & Partners approval for another Docklands scheme the low-rise 173-home ‘Island Point’ development on a brownfield site on Westferry Road.

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