Regular readers will know that when writing about the Isle of Dogs, I feel it is important to keep readers up to date with the latest developments on the Island and Canary Wharf. In April, I wrote a post about the building developments currently under construction. Considering it was time for an update, I began to walk around the various developments.
The developments in Canary Wharf are taking place in the east and west fringes of the estate. two major schemes are under development, New Phase (formerly known as Wood Wharf) and the Newfoundland development.
Both developments have had considerable progress with the foundations of the Newfoundland development being constructed , at the New Phase it is the core of the new tower that is rising up from the foundations of the new complex. Both of the developments have built cofferdams that have reclaimed parts of the dock to enable building to be undertaken.
When completed there will be 58-storey residential tower on the Newfoundland site and the New Phase site will have a mix of uses, including a residential area for over 3,200 new homes, nearly 2 million sq ft of commercial office space, and 335,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and community uses.
A new development is just starting over the road from the Newfoundland site, based on the old City Arms site is Landmark Pinnacle which will have 75 levels which the developers claim will be London’s largest residential tower.
The other major buildings changing the skyline at the top of the Island are the new Novotel hotel, Baltimore Tower and the Dollar Bay development.
Each of these developments seem to making significant progress with the Novotel Hotel possibly open for business as early as late 2016. Novotel Canary Wharf will have a height of 124m and consist of 39 floors.
The Dollar Bay development at the bottom of South Dock looks to be built up to its 31 storey tower, Baltimore Tower in Millwall Dock area is likewise built to around 45 floors.
Many people who live in the area probably take little notice of the sites in the development stage, however in the next decade, the whole skyline of the Isle of Dogs will change dramatically. It is part of the process that started with the building of Canary Wharf skyscrapers that seemed to change London’s attitude to skyscrapers. With the City of London and many other London neighbourhoods dealing with their own development sites, one question may be whether the effect of Brexit will slow down this process or speed it up.