Canary Wharf's plans for future development


The topping out ceremony at 25 Churchill Place earlier this month meant Canary Wharf Group had reached a milestone - the completion of its original masterplan.

But, as reported in The Wharf last week, Canary Wharf Contractors' executive director Cormac MacCrann, said there was still much more work to do over the coming years.

Crossrail station is under construction and by 2015 - three years ahead of the train service starting - part of its retail offering will be open. The final plans include a restaurant, cinema and gym.

Meanwhile, work is underway to open 22 new outlets in the lower level of the Jubilee Place mall.

But, even though, to many, the estate looks fully developed, there's still much more land to build on.

Here's the lowdown on remaining skyscrapers to be built on the estate:

Wood Wharf

Wood Wharf is now fully owned by Canary Wharf Group after it bought out its development partners last year and the company is keen to push ahead.

A previous planning application for a series of towers was approved by Tower Hamlets Council in 2008 but CWG went back to the drawing board after the global recession hit.

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Updated plans are set to be submitted this summer and will include office space more suited to smaller firms, likely to complement the growth of tech services in east London. There will also be the first residential offerings on the estate.

The site, to the east of the current Wharf estate, will have a number of buildings around a new high street. At least one building will be in South Dock. Superstar architects Herzog and de Meuron, known for their "Jenga" style designs and the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing will work on the dock skyscraper.

Other designers will be picked to suit Sir Terry Farrell's masterplan.

The development is unlikely to court the opposition other Isle of Dogs developments off the estate such as Skylines have seen. This is because of the vast levels of consultation undertaken with the Wood Wharf project.

Riverside South

At the other end of the estate work is underway on Riverside South. JP Morgan signed a £237million deal with CWG for a 999-year lease back in 2008, with the landowner working as the construction manager.

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Plans were cleared by council for a 240m tower. It was hoped to be built by 2013 but JP Morgan has opted to delay. However, progress is still being made and work is currently taking place to raise the construction from basement to ground floor level.

It is not yet known whether JP Morgan, which last year moved to the former Lehman Brothers' building at Bank Street, has decided its future lies at Riverside South.

One Bank Street

Not far from this is One Bank Street, also known as Heron Quays West, which was last year turned into parkland and is on the south of the estate.

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Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners has designed the scheme and it has received approval from Tower Hamlets.

However, Canary Wharf Group has not yet decided when to go ahead with the plans, which are for three office towers of 12, 21 and 33 storeys.


Newfoundland is at the end of Middle Dock and is the site of a proposed luxury hotel and restaurant designed by Patel Taylor.

Plans are for a 37 storey tower with 150 hotel rooms and 78 serviced apartments. There would also be an underground walkway to the Jubilee mall and station.


These were passed by council and rubber-stamped by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2008.

However, again CWG is still undecided on whether to go ahead with original plans or look at a more residential offering.

North Quay

Just behind the Crossrail station is North Quay. Early designs by Pelli Clarke Pelli are for three towers rising to 40 floors.

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It received approval in 2007 but no work can begin on the site until the opening of Crossrail station due to space taken up in the construction stage of the terminal.


robert bedford said:

Good to see Canary wharf getting more towers. Tourist love high towers; FACT

Jakub said: