New vision for city pride site

By John Hill on July 4, 2008 11:00 AM |

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ARCHITECT Foster and Partners has revealed its vision for the City Pride pub site.

The 1950s former dockers haunt will make way for a 63-storey tower which designers expect to rise as high as 209 metres.

It will feature a 13-floor five-star hotel, as well as 40 residential floors and two floors of social housing.

Plans were unveiled yesterday (Thursday) when a three-day public exhibition at West India Quay's Marriott hotel.

Further displays will take place today (Friday) from 4pm to 7pm and tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.

Partner Ian Whitby said: "It's a great site in quite an unusual position at the end of the dock. It's very prominent and close to the water on both sides."

Developer Glenkerrin made the City Pride the most expensive pub in the UK when it paid £32million for the site earlier this year.

But it hopes to cash in on the emerging cluster of high-profile buildings on the western edge of the Canary Wharf estate, including Canary Wharf Group's Heron Quays West and Riverside South office projects, as well as residential and hotel developments such as The Landmark and Newfoundland.

High-end hotel operators are already in discussions to take over the hotel space in the mooted building, and designers envisage an active public lobby similar to the Marriott, featuring a coffee shop, lounge bar and restaurant.

For in-depth reaction to the plans see next week's edition of The Wharf, out on Thursday, July 10. More information on Glenkerrin's plans for The Pride can be found here.