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Herzog & de Meuron reveals super-tall Canary Wharf tower

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Plans have been submitted for a huge new development in Canary Wharf which includes a massive residential tower by Herzog & de Meuron

The cylindrical skyscraper is one of five, first phase buildings revealed as part of Allies and Morrison’s newly revised masterplan for Wood Wharf in London’s Docklands.

The eight hectare scheme moves on Farrell and Partners’ masterplan for the site - itself a replacement Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ proposals which were abandoned after Canary Wharf Group won full rights to develop the land last year.

Stirling Prize-winners Stanton Williams are also working on the initial stage of the project which includes 884 homes, 20,000m² of office space, more than 100 new shops, restaurants and cafés.

Commenting on the plans, George Iacobescu, chairman and chief executive of Canary Wharf Group, said: ‘The revised masterplan will create a strong and complementary mix of uses, and provide new homes, offices and retail spaces set within a network of streets and public spaces, designed to support the social life of new residents, employees and the surrounding community.

It is a reflection of the demand we are seeing in the market, and is an opportunity for us to further expand the appeal of Canary Wharf by creating a new and exciting mixed use neighbourhood at Wood Wharf which will offer greater diversity and amenity and a richer urban fabric for the fast emerging City Centre of Canary Wharf.’

A planning application was submitted today (10 December) to Tower Hamlets council after 12 months of ‘extensive public consultation’.

Project details for phase one

  • 884 homes in three buildings by Herzog & de Meuron and Stanton Williams totalling 100,379m²
  • two office buildings by Allies and Morrison totalling more than 20,000m²

Wider masterplan

  • 3,100 homes
  • 240,000m² of offices
  • 31,000m² of shops, cafés and restaurants
  • 3.6 hectares of public spaces


Previous story (AJ 24.01.13)

Herzog & de Meuron to design super-tall resi-tower at Canary Wharf

Herzog & de Meuron is to design a new tower at Canary Wharf which is set to become one of the capital’s tallest residential buildings

The Canary Wharf Group has appointed the Swiss practice to work alongside Allies and Morrison and Stanton Williams on the first phase of the high-profile Wood Wharf scheme in London’s Docklands.

The eight hectare redevelopment is masterplanned by Farrell and Partners who replaced Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners after Canary Wharf Group won full rights to develop the land last year.

Herzog & de Meuron, which according to sources was picked from an impressive field of hopefuls, is designing an apartment tower on the riverside site’s south westerly corner.

Elsewhere on the plot in east London, Allies and Morrison is to draw up plans for two office buildings which will both include retail on the ground and first floors. Stanton Williams will design three new residential buildings around a communal courtyard at the western end of Wood Wharf.

Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler said: ‘The new Wood Wharf Tower will mediate between the city and the individual, public and private and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district.

It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter

‘It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter, an extension of a dynamic global community and the start of a new vibrant neighbourhood.’

Allies and Morrison partner Graham Morrison said: ‘We are very pleased to have been appointed to such an impressive team on this key London site. The office and public realm content of the scheme offer an opportunity for us to develop our experience in the commercial sector to further explore our interest in creating places which are both financially and socially successful.’

Paul Williams, director at Stanton Williams said: ‘We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Canary Wharf Group to design some of the first residential buildings at Wood Wharf. We look forward to working with the wider design team on the creation of exciting new living environments for this exceptional site.’

The first phase is planned to start on site next year.

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  • What a horrible tower. Obviously it will get discoloured easily and look a real mess in a few years time after construction. It reminds me of Croydons ugly thruppenny bit tower, another eyesore thats hard to get rid of, still there. What a dreadful eyesore to be added to the otherwise excellent Canary Wharf. Can the plan be changed to create something better please?

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