FROM THE ARCHITECTS (Feb. 24, 2016):
Members of Tower Hamlets’ Strategic Development Committee have approved plans for the redevelopment of Hertsmere House on West India Quay in London’s Canary Wharf.
HOK’s design of the 67-story tower provides 861 high-quality, private and affordable homes in a new landmark development. A separate, linked development will provide 60 more affordable homes in Limehouse.
At 789 feet tall, the building will be Western Europe’s tallest residential tower. The petal-shaped design will create an architecturally unique, visually striking addition to London’s skyline.
“We are delighted that Tower Hamlets have decided to share our ambition to deliver a landmark residential building at West India Quay,” said Setareh Neshati, senior planning manager for Greenland Group, which has built three of the world’s 10 tallest buildings since 2005. “This is Greenland Group’s most important project in Europe. As well as delivering 921 new homes for Londoners, including 156 affordable homes, our scheme will revitalize this part of Canary Wharf and create a new prosperous environment that the whole community can enjoy. The carefully designed public realm will provide the most appropriate and balanced setting for the proposed residential building.”
The Hertsmere House development includes significant public realm and landscaping improvements alongside shops and cafes that will revitalize West India Quay in Canary Wharf. The building will feature communal amenity pavilions including glass winter gardens, landscaped roof terraces, public open spaces, and carefully designed external and internal children’s play areas that have rooms for music, interactive games and graphics.
As part of the proposal, Greenland Group will deliver 30 percent affordable housing, including affordable homes at Hertsmere House, Dalgleish Street in Limehouse and an additional $27.2 million contribution to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, ring-fenced for affordable housing. Greenland Group will also make an additional $30.1 million contribution through Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 contributions.
Greenland Group aims to start on both sites later this year and to complete the developments by 2020.