Canary Wharf: 67-storey skyscraper to be built


Canary Wharf’s skyline. (Pic: Wikipedia Commons)

Plans for the tallest residential tower in Western Europe have been approved by Tower Hamlets council.

The 67-storey development was approved by Tower Hamlets councillors on February 18, despite previous objections from residents, the Museum of London Docklands and Heritage England.

The construction of Hertsmere House, planned by Chinese developers Greenland Group, will take place in West India Quay in Canary Wharf.

The skyscraper will provide 861 flats, of which only 96 are set to be affordable housing, threatening to price out local residents.

As part of the tower’s proposal, a £19m contribution will be given to Tower Hamlets council for affordable housing.

Setareh Neshati, Senior Planning Manager of Greenland Group said: “We are delighted that Tower Hamlets have decided to share our ambition to deliver a landmark residential building at West India Quay.”

“Our scheme will revitalise this part of Canary Wharf and create a new prosperous environment that the whole community can enjoy.”

The petal-shaped tower, designed by the architectural firm HOK, is set to include a children’s play area, gym, cinema, swimming pool and wine bar.

A Museum of London spokesperson, who have previously raised concerns over the development, said: “A development and construction of this scale, right on our doorstep will clearly present challenges to the successful operation of the Museum of London Docklands.”

“We enjoy a good dialogue with the developers, Greenland, and we are looking forward to discussing with them the ways that they can help offset the impact of the development, to the benefit of the museum, our visitors and local people.”

Tower Hamlets council are yet to respond to a request for comment on the matter.

The development is set to begin this year, with an aim to be completed by 2020.

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