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Herzog & de Meuron's Canary Wharf skyscraper approved

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Tower Hamlets Council has approved plans for a 57-storey residential skyscraper in London’s Docklands designed by Herzog & de Meuron

The cylindrical scheme on the edge of South Dock east of the existing Canary Wharf estate will house 468 flats ranging from studios to three bedroom family homes.

The tower is part of the huge residential-led expansion of the east London business district formerly known as Wood Wharf and now dubbed the New Phase.

Masterplanned by Allies and Morrison and featuring schemes by Stanton Williams, KPF, Darling Associates, Grid Architects and Patel Taylor, the wider development will eventually create 3,200 new homes, 1.9million m2 of office space and 35,000m2 of retail floorspace, along with a community centre and a network of public squares.

Herzog and de Meuron's Wood Wharf tower - detailed approval July 2015 [plan]

George Iacobescu, chairman and chief executive officer of proejcty backer rhe Canary Wharf Group plc, said: ‘We’re delighted to have received approval from Tower Hamlets Council to proceed with the latest building in Canary Wharf Group’s extensive pipeline and exciting residential offering.

‘This decision is a major step in the progression of the New Phase, a development that will broaden and extend the Canary Wharf estate, adding to its vibrancy and continually expanding cultural, community and commercial offer.’

The permission comes just days after the sales launch of Canary Wharf Group’s first ever homes, at the Stanton Williams-designed 10 Park Drive, next to the Herzog & de Meuron tower.

The scheme, which has not been marketed overseas, consists of a 13 storey blocked linked to a 42 storey tower together containing 74 studios, 115 one-bedroom apartments, 141 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom apartments.

Project data

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
Masterplan Architect: Allies and Morrison
Design Team: CWG
Client: CWG
Start on site date: enabling works and demolition have started on the (whole) new phase site
Gross internal floor area:468 units
Planning consultant: GVA
Main contractor: CWCL

Plan - Herzog and de Meuron tower marked in red

Site Plan - Herzog & de Meuron tower marked in red

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Boris gives green light to Canary Wharf expansion

London Mayor Boris Johnson has rubberstamped proposals for the eastward expansion of Canary Wharf with a development that will include a landmark 57-storey Herzog & de Meuron skyscraper

His approval builds on outline permission for the proposals for the Wood Wharf area, which were backed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in July.

The decision gives the developer consent to build up to 3,610 new homes, 1.9million m2 of office space and 35,000m2 of retail floorspace, along with a community centre and a network of public squares.

Canary Wharf Group previously said it planned to deliver a lower level housing to increase the amount of other use types that it could incorporate into the scheme.

Chairman and chief executive officer Sir George Iacobescu said the expansion would ‘reinforce’ Canary Wharf’s position as one of the most exciting and vibrant places to live and work the capital.

‘It will offer high street retail units to complement Canary Wharf’s existing retail offer, as well as affordable housing on site,’ he said.

‘It will also include substantial new green parks and dockside walks, a library, a large GP surgery, a school for 420 children, a community sports hall and community space.’

Iacobescu said the new office space would be specifically designed to accommodate the technology media and telecoms sector, as well as financial and professional services firms.

Johnson said the development would transform the ‘currently derelict’ Wood Wharf site ‘beyond all comprehension’.

‘This is exactly the kind of scheme that we need to accommodate London’s booming population that is set to break through the nine million mark within the next decade,’ he added.

Wood Wharf

View of Canary Wharf Group’s proposed Wood Wharf development, with part of Herzog & de Meuron’s 57-storey skyscraper to the right.


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