The last two posts of 2016 were looking backwards but as we enter a New Year it is time to look forward. Over the last couple of years I have tried to keep readers up to date with the latest developments on the Island and Canary Wharf. In August, I wrote a post about the progress of 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 made considerable progress with the foundations and core of the building taking shape at the Newfoundland development. At the New Phase progress has taken place with foundations for the new complex. Both of the developments have built cofferdams that have reclaimed parts of the dock to enable more 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 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. This will eventually be part of the Landmark complex which is situated near the site.
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 touted to possibly open for business in 2016. The finishing touches are still being applied, so no new open date has been announced. 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. Both seem to near completion and are likely to be open in 2017.
Many people who live in the area probably take little notice of the sites in the development stage except for the disruption around the sites, 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.
Whilst much of the development is located at the top of the Island, it remains to be seen if these developers will move further down the Island. Interestingly, one of the prime sites near the river, the Riverside South development shows no sign of progress which perhaps indicates that the housing boom for large developments is losing some of its appeal.