New tower to call time on the city pride pub?

By John Hill on April 24, 2008 9:00 AM |

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IT could soon be last orders for the City Pride pub.

The Westferry Road haunt looks set to make way for a flagship tower, with a hotel, apartments and retail space.

Developer Glenkerrin has plans for a large building on the site after snapping up the prime development land for a reported £32million. But it remains tight-lipped on when it hopes to call time on the watering hole.

It has been suggested that Glenkerrin is considering a building rising as high as 55-storeys, with a five-storey hotel and 400 apartments.

The Irish company has already appointed world-renowned architect Foster and Partners to look into options for the site, which is just one of a cluster of proposed high-rise buildings on the western end of the Island.

Foster and Partners is also responsible for prominent buildings such as the Canary Wharf tube station and HSBC’s UK headquarters in Canada Square, which was sold for £1.1bn last April.

A spokesman acting for the developer said: “Foster has been briefed to look at the feasibility of a mixed use scheme that would include a hotel and residential units.
“It’s at an early stage at the moment. It’s looking at what can be delivered on the site. When Foster come up with a scheme that it thinks can work, Glenkerrin will be consulting with the public before the application is submitted.?

The City Pride was originally built in the 1950s to serve the area’s dock workers, but has since become a regular destination for office workers nearby in Canary Wharf.

The site was snapped up early last year by property company Oracle Group, which is working on the Indescon Court mixed-use scheme in Millharbour. But the developer claimed it was “not in any rush? to cut short the pub’s 20-year lease.

Foundation Group, which owns the City Pride pub, refused to comment on how long the pub may have left, claiming any deal with the developer was “confidential?.

If approved, the Foster-designed hotel could face stiff competition from another planned scheme across the road. Estate owners Canary Wharf Group has already submitted plans for a 37-storey, 150-bedroom boutique hotel at Newfoundland through a subsidiary company.

8 Comments

wayne said:

Another traditional pub bites the dust. Soon there won't be anywhere to drink round here that's not just some over-priced, over-crowded wine bar.
Come on people, let's save our boozers!

Steve said:

I'm all for saving traditional boozers, but come on that place was a bit of a dump

Jason said:

This place might be slightly dated, but its better than the chain gang for bar / wine bar establishments at the wharf. The less we have these type of places around, the more we'll all be drinking in All Bar One and not know where you are in London.

Steve said:

ok ok you've persuaded me, I'm down there friday - but it better not be a dump

Grace said:

The island is being ruined by all these greedy developers. I can't wait to move.

keirah said:

best pub in e14. how can you say its a 'dump' if you havent been in there. will be sad to see it go :(

M. Harriott said:

I only ever go down there for 'one'...

John B Walker said:

They just can not pull I down.