China’s Greenland group plans record-breaking Docklands residential tower

China’s Greenland group plans record-breaking Docklands residential tower

Shanghai-based Greenland Group has submitted plans for a 67-storey residential tower at West India Quay which, if approved, would be the tallest residential building in Western Europe.

The basement runs to a depth of just 11.7m as the site sits above Crossrail running tunnels, although all piling will be outside the Crossrail exclusion zone.  Affordable housing will be included in the western wing of the building. The demolition and construction phase will employ over 900 construction workers during a 55 month programme.

The 67-storey, 241m-tall scheme from the Chinese developer would sit north-east of Canary Wharf’s main cluster of tall buildings and next to the grade I listed docks buildings by George Gwilt the Younger.

The architect for the scheme is HOK. WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is the structural engineer, Aecom is the project manager and Gillespies is the landscape architect.

HOK’s Hertsmere House

HOK’s Hertsmere House

A planning statement submitted with the application documents said ‘three-storey glass pavilion elements’ would be created along the northern and southern ‘petals’ of the main tower element. It said they would will incorporate active commercial and communal residential uses as well as external garden terraces at the third floor.

‘The height, massing and appearance of these pavilions have been specifically designed to complement the listed warehouses directly north of the site and serve as the mediating factor which ensures that the tower element of the scheme actively engages with the surrounding area,’ it said.

The 0.53 hectare plot was sold  to Greenland in 2014 and currently houses a low-rise, soon-to-be demolished 1980s office building.

The Shanghai-based developer is also developing the high-rise Ram Brewery scheme in Wandsworth, London where Kier is carrying out phase one works.

Greenland Group, which is partly owned by the Chinese government and is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, was ranked 483 in the 2012 Fortune Global 500 list.

It is the largest developer in China, with 600 million square feet of projects under way in 65 cities.

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