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Tower Hamlets set to repair Docklands IRA bomb damage

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Tower Hamlets has approved the largest planning application in the council's history by consenting to five applications to repair the damage done by the IRA's bombing of Docklands in 1996.

On Monday evening, the borough's planners approved plans for the Millennium Quarter development, involving buildings by Patrick Davies, Michael Squire and Partners, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and EPR Architects.

A Michael Hopkins and Partners' plan to redevelop the former Guardian printworks with a 19-storey office building for investment firm Fidelity was held over for further review.

The site to the east of Canary Wharf has lain dormant following the blast, which killed two people and caused £150 million of damage.

Davies said the development was the start of the final stage in the Docklands redevelopment. 'If it isn't located within the Millennium Quarter masterplan, there are no other obvious sites in Canary Wharf to be developed, ' he said.

Davies' proposal was delivered to Tower Hamlets more than a year ago and working drawings were started 10 days ago in anticipation of approval. His building is the smallest in the scheme, rising to 13 stories and covering 25,840m 2.The £120 million building, to be called Quadratic, is for Carnegie Holdings and will be constructed at 4 Mast Maker Road.

The EDAW masterplan was adopted last September and environmental conservation consultants have since been working on the upgrade of the surrounding streets and transport.

The other successful Millennium Quarter applications are: Skidmore Owings & Merrill's plans to redevelop a vacant site with a 25-storey office tower for Ballymore; Michael Squire's 1 Mill Harbour redevelopment, also for Ballymore;

and two EPR plans for Capital & Provident - the refurbishment of the bomb-damaged 1-3 World Trade Centre (WTC) and construction of 4-5 WTC; and the construction of a 23-storey office block and 400-bed hotel to include 100 serviced apartments.

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