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HOK's 67-storey Docklands tower goes in for planning

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Proposals for an 869-home trefoil tower designed by HOK for east London’s West India Quay have been lodged with Tower Hamlets Council

The 67-storey, 241m-tall scheme for Chinese developer Greenland Group would sit north-east of Canary Wharf’s main cluster of tall buildings and next to the grade I listed docks buildings by George Gwilt the Younger.

HOK is the third practice in recent years to propose a super hi-rise scheme for the plot in Hertsmere Road.

In late 2009 Mark Weintraub won planning permission for a 63-storey mixed-use office, hotel and residential block, then dubbed Columbus Tower.

Two years later Squire and Partners was brought in by developer Commercial Estates Group to ‘design review’ the original 242m-tall skyscraper (see AJ 11.03.11) .

The 0.53 hectare plot was subsequenlty sold on to Greenland in 2014 and currently houses a low-rise, soon-to-be demolished 1980s office building.

A planning statement submitted with the application documents said ‘three-storey glass pavilion elements’ would be created along the northern and southern ‘petals’ of the main tower element. It said they would will incorporate active commercial and communal residential uses as well as external garden terraces at the third floor.

‘The height, massing and appearance of these pavilions have been specifically designed to complement the listed warehouses directly north of the site and serve as the mediating factor which ensures that the tower element of the scheme actively engages with the surrounding area,’ it said.

It added that the pavilions would be connected to the tower by glass winter gardens.

As well as the housing element, the Hertsmere House scheme also proposes 971m2 of commercial space.

HOK's Hertsmere House tower

HOK’s Hertsmere House


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