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SimpsonHaugh’s shortened Docklands tower approved

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Councillors have approved SimpsonHaugh’s plans for a 30-storey hotel and housing scheme in London’s Docklands

Tower Hamlets council’s Strategic Development Committee granted planning consent to the AJ100 practice’s proposals for 82 West India Dock Road.

SimpsonHaugh’s plans for a 37-storey tower on the same site were rejected last year – and an appeal is ongoing.

Planners recommended approval of the reworked proposals, which they said would have ‘significantly less adverse impact on the daylight and sunlight enjoyed by nearby homes’.

The approved scheme features a 400-bed hotel along with 66 homes and a 71m² space for retail and community use. The residential units will be mainly one and two-bedroom flats along with a pair of studio apartments and eight three-bed homes. Eighteen of the units will be affordable.

SimpsonHaugh’s proposals, backed by developer Rockwell, include residents’ gardens, a children’s play area and 48 new trees. Some £7 million will be spent through Section 106 agreements on improvements to local infrastructure as well as employment support for local residents.

A two-storey print works was demolished 10 years ago on the site, which sits next to Westferry Docklands Light Rail station.

SimpsonHaugh partner Mark Savage said: ‘We have worked closely with Rockwell Property to design a high-quality, mixed-use scheme that will improve connections across West India Dock Road, providing new homes, employment and training opportunities while creating a safer and more secure public realm environment for the community.’

Construction is due to start on site next summer.

SimpsonHaugh this month unveiled plans for a 21-storey hotel in Manchester, a stone’s throw from the practice’s 47-storey Beetham Tower.

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