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SimpsonHaugh plans 40-storey ‘pebble-inspired’ tower for London’s docklands

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SimpsonHaugh has submitted plans for a 40-storey tower in London’s Docklands, replacing a much taller KPF-designed scheme rejected amid fears of ‘over-development’

Developer Rockwell has submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council to redevelop Quay House in Canary Wharf into a 400-bedroom hotel and 279 serviced apartments.

The plans would involve demolition of the existing three-storey building on the site, which also extends beneath the Docklands Light Railway.

The tower includes a podium at its base, and has been described by the applicant as having flush windows and polished concrete which ’mimics the smooth finish of a pebble’.  

The new proposal comes five years after KPF’s 68-storey scheme, backed by Investin Quay House, was refused, due to the council’s concerns the building failed to integrate into its local area.

According to documents sent to Tower Hamlets planners, the SimpsonHaugh design responds to the ’failures of the previous proposed development of Quay House’.

The scheme also includes improvements to the nearby dockside area, including new leisure spaces and an ‘underline’ access route beneath the Docklands Light Railway and Admirals Way.

Rockwell and Firethorn acquired the site for a reported £26 million last October.

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SimpsonHaugh’s 40-storey reworked Quay House scheme in London’s Docklands - submitted July 2019

SimpsonHaugh’s 40-storey reworked Quay House scheme in London’s Docklands - submitted July 2019 [base view]

Project data

Architect SimpsonHaugh
Landscape architect Exterior Architecture
Planning consultant Savills
Structural engineer OCSC
M&E consultant PSH
Gross internal floor area c15,800m²

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