The context at West India Quay is striking: Canary Wharf lies immediately to the south, while the line of Grade I-listed warehouses lining the quayside is the most important surviving monument of London's historic docklands. (The warehouses have been converted to residential use, with bars and restaurants at ground level. ) The brief to Squire and Partners, as masterplanner for the area, was to reinforce the identity of West India Quay as a residential and leisure quarter serving the wider local community. The 10-screen multiplex cinema, completed in 2000, together with car park, health club and other facilities, is a popular amenity. The 12-storey Horizon Building, developed by St George, contains 40 apartments and four duplex units, with shops at ground level. Its mix of materials - full-height glazing within a stone-faced concrete frame - provides an elegant contrast to the monumental brickwork of the Georgian warehouses.
Negotiations with local planners and with English Heritage secured support for a 32-storey tower, containing hotel and apartments, on the quayside - this is currently being developed with another practice.
The landscape around the buildings has been conceived in the spirit of the place, with tough and simple materials and a clear feeling of continuity between public and private space.