New Diamond for docklands


New Diamond for docklands

Construction on Canary Wharf’s first purpose built residential scheme will start soon after Canary Wharf Group was granted planning permission by Tower Hamlets borough council for a 58 storey tower.


The 218 metre tall Diamond Tower – so called because of the shape of its façade structures, is expected to start a four year construction programme this summer after final approval from London Mayor Boris Johnson. The site on Newfoundland Quay at Bank Street and Westferry Road is currently used as a car park and was previously called Newfoundland Tower.


The tower, designed by architects Horden Cherry Lee, will provide 566 apartments, a first floor restaurant with shops on the ground floor and swimming pools on floor 24 in an overall 720,988 sq ft development. A new bridge will be built for pedestrian access and the listed West India Middle Dock Wall listed will be altered as part of the project. Structural design and cladding consultant is WSP with environmental engineering undertaken by Hoare Lee and Waterman Group.


The tower is one of several residential developments planned in the docklands which up until now has focussed on offices. Berkeley Homes for example plans an 80 storey, 250 metre tower to include 1,150 apartments that would be the tallest residential tower in the UK.


Chalegrove Properties was given planning permission in July last year for the 75 storey mixed use City Pride Tower on Marsh Wall which at 233 metres will be the second highest habitable building in the UK, behind only the Shard.


Pictured: An artist's impression of the tower


Photo credit: Canary Wharf Group PLC