Live music and sports to come to Wood Wharf?

By Rob Virtue on December 12, 2012 4:34 PM |


The explosion of sport and culture seen over the summer will return to east London if a temporary application for Wood Wharf gets the go-ahead.

Super yachts are unlikely to fill the dockside as they memorably did during the Olympic period but Canary Wharf Group hopes to bring live music to the site east of the estate, and is also looking at a tennis court, a five-a-side football pitch and a golf course.

Tower Hamlets Council's planning committee will hear an application by the owners of the land on Wednesday night.

A council report has already recommended the application be approved in the absence of any opposition.

The accepted the proposal would help Canary Wharf recreate the Olympic spirit on its doorstep almost all-year round.

Under the proposal, Wood Wharf, which has been earmarked for development into a corporate and hi-tech cluster in the coming years, could see up to 14,000 people visit for events such as the live music performances.

Over the last few months the revamped site has been used for events such as lunch markets, pop-up cinemas and a military-style boot camp organised by Reebok Sports Club after the council approved a 16 month licence in August 2011. CWG wants to continue using the site for events for up to two years while it progresses its plans for a long-term vision, currently being brought together by architect Terry Farrell.

However, the council report recommended this be restricted to 12 months with the option of an extension.

"This would enable the council to monitor noise impacts and any complaints from local people and to consider again the acceptability of the proposed range of uses and controls in the light of experience over a 12 months period," it said.

An updated planning application on the long-term future of Wood Wharf is expected to be submitted to Tower Hamlets Council by the middle of next year.

It is likely to be a mix of residential and office space, with towers rising to around 60 storeys. Work is likely to begin on the site in 2014.