Columbus Tower plans could be altered

aa-mar10-columbus142.jpgA proposed new development on West India Quay could add to the area's housing stock if the findings of a review are taken up.

The Hertsmere House site, at the western end of the Quay, has been earmarked for the 63-storey Columbus Tower, which was conceived as an office building. But a review by architects Squire and Partners has suggested a mixed use tower would be better for the area.

The thinking is that having more residents on West India Quay would boost local businesses and economy, creating a more vibrant environment and creating jobs.

A public exhibition on the review will be held at the Museum of London Docklands on November 10, Birchfield Community Centre on November 11 and Limehouse Youth Centre on November 12.

Nick Lee of developers Commercial Estates Group said: "We've always known that developing Hertsmere House would be a fantastic opportunity to make West India Quay and the surrounding area a better place for the local community.

"Our review is telling us is that a residentially-led tower would give us the best chance of doing that.

"We have already had really positive meetings with stakeholders from across the local community. This exhibition will be an opportunity for us to share the emerging findings with local residents and businesses, but also to get a greater sense from them of what they most want to see in and around West India Quay."

Planning permission for Columbus Tower was granted by the Mayor of London in 2009, but development was put on hold because of the economic downturn.


Paul Foinette said:

Hi, is Columbus Tower going to be built, i cannot find anything on the web to say that this is the case, or is it still in the preposal stage of planning

Ray said:

People really want to know if this tower is actually gonna be built or not. Please shed some light.