With 16 years’ experience in the property market, Tony Usher believes Canary Wharf will become a “force to be reckoned with” and is nipping at the heels of New York and Shanghai.

Tony became Mount Anvil’s regional sales manager at the beginning of 2016 after eight years as head of sales at JLL’s Westferry Circus office.

During that time, he witnessed the vast change that has engulfed Docklands, including the completion of around a dozen large-scale developments.

He said: “The future of Canary Wharf is very bright. East London as a whole is changing and it is still one of the cheapest parts of the city to live in.

“In the future, Canary Wharf is going to be a force to be reckoned with and will have a skyline to rival New York and Shanghai.”

And now his tireless work in the Docklands property market has earned him a nomination in the special recognition category at The Wharf Property Awards 2016.

He said: “I am very pleased and honoured. But I would say that I am one of many estate agents who have probably done a lot of similar things.”

Tony had a keen interest in property from the age of 17, leaving school in 2000 to begin work at an independent estate agency in London before moving to Felicity J Lord in Greenwich.

After that he started work at King Sturge before it was taken over by JLL in 2011, becoming the agency’s head of sales.

At the beginning of the year, he moved to Mount Anvil and has been continuing his work on the Dollar Bay development at South Quay.

Tony said: “I absolutely love it here. Canary Wharf is one of those areas that people generally don’t understand if they haven’t experienced it for themselves.

“Unless you spend time there you can’t really appreciate what’s so special about it. It’s not just a place to work, it’s developed into a fantastic place to live with lots of things to do.

“The weekends are now just as busy as the weekdays. It’s becoming better and better.”

The winners of The Wharf Property Awards 2016 will be announced at a glittering presentation ceremony at Building Six in The O2 on Thursday, May 19.