Tower Hamlets approves Make’s mixed-use tower design

1 February 2015 (Last Updated February 1st, 2015 18:30)

London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the UK has approved architectural company Make's plan for a 53-storey, mixed-use tower at Meridian Gate on the Isle of Dogs in east London.

Meridian Gate tower

London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the UK has approved architectural company Make's plan for a 53-storey, mixed-use tower at Meridian Gate on the Isle of Dogs in east London.

In its planning committee report, Tower Hamlets has described the scheme as 'an elegant tower, which makes a positive contribution to the skyline.'

Said to be developed by LBS Properties and Meridian Property Holdings, the sustainable scheme is expected to offer more than 400 private and affordable homes.

According to Make, the slender form of the tower frees 70% of the site to be used for new public realm and provide access to a café, public gardens and a children's playground.

"Meridian Gate will be an exciting new addition to the Isle of Dogs and responds to the council's aspirations within the developing South Quay master plan."

Make partner and lead project architect Frank Filskow said: "Meridian Gate will be an exciting new addition to the Isle of Dogs and responds to the council's aspirations within the developing South Quay master plan.

"The slender design maximises the opportunity to provide a significant new park for residents and the local community."

The site, known as Meridian Gate, is located beside West India Docks and is claimed to be one of several that form the Marsh Wall East master plan study area.

Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, Make has studios based in London, Beijing and Hong Kong, and is engaged in a broad selection of projects worldwide, ranging from large-scale urban master plans, to luxury private houses.


Image: The 53-storey, mixed-use tower is at Meridian Gate on the Isle of Dogs in east London. Photo: courtesy of Make Ltd.