Docklands tower gets planning approval

An artist's impression of the development
An artist's impression of the development

A 57 storey residential tower will be at the heart of a docklands regeneration project just granted planning permission by Tower Hamlets Council.


The council has approved plans by developer Canary Wharf Group to regenerate a 4.9 million sq ft site on the Isle of Dogs known as Wood Wharf. The development, to the east of Canary Wharf, will be mixed use, including 3610 residential units – 25% of which will be affordable housing – and 1.9 million sq ft of offices.


The scheme will transform a site that has been semi-derelict and underused for decades. The centrepiece will be a 57 storey cylindrical residential skyscraper facing the waters of South Dock, designed by architect Herzog & de Meuron.


The project will also involve creation of four new public spaces, a new road network connecting Wood Wharf to Canary Wharf and Prestons Road, a new primary school, new leisure and health facilities, a hotel, a library and retail spaces.


Tower Hamlets Council said it expected the project to provide a catalyst for long-term growth, investment and opportunity in the area.


Canary Wharf Group CEO Sir George Iacobescu said: “We are very pleased to have received approval from Tower Hamlets to proceed with the extension of Canary Wharf.


“Today’s approval gives us the go-ahead to create a brand new London community, attracting both residents and companies from the fast growing technology, media and telecoms sector as we continue to diversify.”


Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave his go ahead to the proposals earlier this month.


He said: “This vast development will transform a currently derelict brownfield site beyond all comprehension into a thriving new community with thousands of new homes and jobs. 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.”


Image: Canary Wharf Group

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