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Herzog & de Meuron high-rise approved as part of Canary Wharf extension

wood wharfA huge new development in Canary Wharf, which includes a huge residential tower by Herzog & de Meuron, has won outline permission from Tower Hamlets.

The practice's cylindrical skyscraper is one of 30 proposed new buildings within Allies and Morrison's masterplan for Wood Wharf on the eastern edge of the existing district in London's Docklands.

The new 'neighbourhood' will feature 3,100 new homes, 'ranging from park-side townhouses to high-rise buildings designed by some of the world's most renowned architects', as well parks, dock-edge walkways, a 420 place primary school, a NHS medical centre, a community centre, a hotel and more than 100 new shops, restaurants and cafés.

The eight hectare scheme moves on Farrell and Partners' masterplan for the site - itself a replacement for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' proposals - which were abandoned after Canary Wharf Group won full rights to develop the land last year.

Stirling Prize-winners Stanton Williams are also working on the initial stage of the project which includes 884 homes, 20,000m² of office space, more than 100 new shops, restaurants and cafés.

George Iacobescu, chairman and chief executive officer of the Canary Wharf Group, said: 'This major eastern development of Canary Wharf will reinforce the district as one of London's most vibrant and dynamic mixed-use commercial and residential districts.

'It will combine new high quality offices aimed at the fast emerging TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector; a wide variety of high street shops and restaurants, and a range of new housing opportunities designed around generous newly created public spaces.

'We expect to be on site in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the first buildings to be occupied as early as the end of 2018.'

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