West India Quay tower plans pushed forward

By Rob Virtue on August 27, 2014 2:08 PM |

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A Chinese developer is pushing ahead with plans for a residential-led tower at West India Quay.

Applicant Greenland Hertsmere Limited wants to demolish Hertsmere House and build a 71-storey mixed-use scheme with 982 homes.

Permission for a previous 63-storey building - then dubbed Columbus Tower - was granted to Commercial Estates Group in 2009.

Greenland has now submitted a scoping report to Tower Hamlets Council for its new proposal.

The developer, a Chinese State owned firm, acquired the land in March in a deal reported to be worth £600million.

At the time, Wenhao Qian, general manager for Greenland UK said: "The Greenland Group has put every effort into this very significant project, Hertsmere House.

"Located in the core area of Canary Wharf with convenient surrounding transportation links, a full range of retail and leisure facilities as well as the 242 metre landmark luxury residential tower, this project has been designed to appeal to both domestic UK purchasers in London and also worldwide."

The previous approved height of the scheme was 237 metres.

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Previous proposal for 63-storey tower at West India Quay

Further public consultation of the plans will be held in due course.