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Make lops eight storeys off Canary Wharf tower

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Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make has submitted revised plans for a 48-storey skyscraper in London’s Docklands, having withdrawn a previous proposal for a 56-storey tower on the same site  

The earlier application for the plot at 225 Marsh Wall was shelved by Cubitt Property Holdings in June just hours before it was set to go in front of Tower Hamlets council’s planning committee. 

That scheme had been recommended for refusal by council planning officers on the grounds that it constituted overdevelopment of the site.

Now the developer has submitted another planning application for the site, reducing the building’s height by eight storeys. 

A planning statement lodged by Cubitt Property Holdings read: ‘During the determination period for the application, officers from Tower Hamlets raised concerns that the height of the proposed tower was too tall for this location.

‘It was indicated that the proposed tower didn’t provide a suitable transition in building height away from the cluster of tall buildings in Canary Wharf. The revised proposals represent an attempt to address the concerns raised by Tower Hamlets planning and design officers.’

The new proposal includes 336 flats, 810m² of community floorspace, basement cycle parking and 79m² of restaurant or retail space. 

In a statement Make called the site a ‘key part of the Marsh Wall masterplan’, which had been identified as ‘suitable for a tall building’.

The practice also said the proposals had ‘directly responded to previous feedback’. It added: ‘It will establish an intermediate scale between the taller Canary Wharf cluster to the north and other tall buildings to the south and, along with other proposals for the area, will provide better permeability and better access to the waterfront.’

The Marsh Wall site is currently taken up by a four-storey office block, designed by Feilden+Mawson and completed in 1993. In 2010, proposals by Angel Group Architects for a hotel and a 43 storey-high apartment block on the plot were rejected.

It is expected that the new scheme will go to committee in March 2017. 

Earlier this month, a planning application was withdrawn for a 43-storey tower at 30 Marsh Wall, designed by 21st Architecture, after a recommendation for refusal. The AJ has contacted the practice for a comment. 

Marsh wall lowered in height

Marsh Wall lowered in height

Source: Design & Access statement

225 Marsh Wall reduced in height

View the new planning application here 



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