Cream of the crop in luxury housing revealed at Baltimore Tower
Luxury apartments in a twisting tower have been launched onto the market.
A collection of 65 homes spanning the upper floors of Baltimore Tower, currently being built near Crossharbour DLR, were unveiled by developer Galliard Homes at a celebration of its 21st anniversary.
Skyscraper architect Skidmore Owings and Merrill - the brains behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - have designed the £200million tower, which climbs 45 storeys to 151m - four metres more than nearby Pan Peninsula.
The impressive architecture is mirrored indoors, with triplex penthouses each boasting a private mini-spa with jacuzzi pool and private terrace while the cream of the crop, the flagship five-bedroom penthouse, includes its own private cinema and gym and VIP bedroom suites in addition to the spa facilities.
David Galman, sales director at Galliard Homes, told The Wharf it was "exciting" to be leading such an iconic project.
"It's a departure for us as a company to be involved with a well-known architect," he said. "Following from Pan Peninsula we are entering into a development of a different nature.
"We are, for the first time, bringing proper New York to this area. I can't think of anything else in London, other than a small scheme in Knightsbridge, that compares in terms of the penthouses and that is going to have the specification and eye for detail.
"This is going to be right up there. We were fortunate enough to come across an architect who had that vision to take things to the next level, to get that feeling of being more cutting edge."
David said Wharfers had already flocked to the marketing suite to show their interest in the scheme, pinpointing chief executives of major financial firms, UK Asian professionals and investors buying to rent as his target audience.
He said: "It's not just young people, we are getting people that have got a house bought and paid for a couple of years ago and who want somewhere close to town and to use it for socialising."
It is the location of the scheme, which pre-sold the entirety of its first phase before construction, that David believes is a big draw.
Always maintaining the Wharf is closer to City than if you were travelling from the West End, he said the DLR, its proximity to Westfield Stratford City and the ever-expanding nature of the Canary Wharf estate were plus points for buyers.
And Baltimore Tower has also caught the attention of those further afield - in particular buyers living across the globe in the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait keen to snap up a slice of luxury east of the capital.
"As a company, we have been moving towards being more cutting edge for everything we do," said David, adding that Galliard had been involved in the Isle of Dogs property sector since the '90s.
"We have always been known as innovators in terms of location and we have always managed to have an eye for spotting the next-best location.
"Canary Wharf is an area we know really well and an area we have more than dipped our toe in during the past 21 years.
"We have never been afraid of it - it's something we understand - but I think a lot of the boys are shy about coming here and they have taken the view it relies heavily on Canary Wharf companies.
"Because of our east London-Essex base, we know it well, and we know it's built on more than just Canary Wharf commercially.
"It's also built on real people, who perhaps live in Essex and are more than happy to come and live here - it's not far, and it's close to town to go out socially. Canary Wharf has taken on a life of it's own - it's growing and growing and it's amazing."
Prices at Baltimore Tower start from £418,950 for a 367sq ft studio suite.
The four-bedroom penthouses cost £3.15million while the five-bedroom penthouse comes with a price tag of £6.95million.