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Herzog & de Meuron to design super-tall resi-tower at Canary Wharf

Herzog & de Meuron is to design a new tower at Canary Wharf which is set to become one of the capital's tallest residential buildings.

The Canary Wharf Group has appointed the Swiss practice to work alongside Allies and Morrison and Stanton Williams on the first phase of the high-profile Wood Wharf scheme in London's Docklands.

The eight hectare redevelopment is masterplanned by Farrell and Partners who replaced Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners after Canary Wharf Group won full rights to develop the land last year.

Herzog & de Meuron, which according to sources was picked from an impressive field of hopefuls, is designing an apartment tower on the riverside site's south westerly corner.

Elsewhere on the plot in east London, Allies and Morrison is to draw up plans for two office buildings which will both include retail on the ground and first floors. Stanton Williams will design three new residential buildings around a communal courtyard at the western end of Wood Wharf.

Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler said: 'The new Wood Wharf Tower will mediate between the city and the individual, public and private and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district.

It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter

'It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter, an extension of a dynamic global community and the start of a new vibrant neighbourhood.'
Allies and Morrison partner Graham Morrison said: 'We are very pleased to have been appointed to such an impressive team on this key London site. The office and public realm content of the scheme offer an opportunity for us to develop our experience in the commercial sector to further explore our interest in creating places which are both financially and socially successful.'

Paul Williams, director at Stanton Williams said: 'We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Canary Wharf Group to design some of the first residential buildings at Wood Wharf. We look forward to working with the wider design team on the creation of exciting new living environments for this exceptional site.'

The first phase is planned to start on site next year.

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