Three architects appointed to design first phase of Wood Wharf development in London

24 January 2013 (Last Updated January 24th, 2013 18:30)

Canary Wharf Group has appointed architects Herzog & de Meuron, Allies and Morrison and Stanton Williams to design the first phase of new buildings at the Wood Wharf development in London, UK.

Wood Wharf development in London

The Canary Wharf Group has appointed architects Herzog & de Meuron, Allies and Morrison and Stanton Williams to design the first phase of new buildings at the Wood Wharf development in London, UK.

As per the deal, Herzog & de Meuron will design a new residential tower on the south-westerly corner of the site.

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."

Allies and Morrison will design two new office buildings, which will feature retail on the ground and first floors.

Stanton Williams will design three new residential buildings around a communal courtyard, waterways and green space at the western end of Wood Wharf.

The buildings will be connected to Canary Wharf and Wood Wharf high street by pedestrian footpaths over the water.

The 8ha redevelopment is masterplanned by Sir Terry Farrell and Partners. Canary Wharf Group acquired the rights to develop the site in January 2012.

Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture has secured a contract from Canary Wharf Group in September 2012 to provide landscape design of the site.

Canary Wharf Group said that it will appoint additional architects for individual buildings as the design development of the masterplan moves ahead.

The 20-acre site already has a previous outline planning approval for 4.7 million ft² of mixed-use office, retail and residential space, about one third of the size of the existing Canary Wharf estate.

Canary Wharf Group expects to submit an application for a new outline planning permission in spring 2013.

The scheme is expected to be developed in phases over 10-12 years, with the first phase due to start in 2014.

The first buildings in the first phase are expected to open in 2017, prior to the start of Crossrail trains running through Canary Wharf from 2018.


Image: Canary Wharf Group acquired the rights to develop the site in January 2012 from its original joint venture partners British Waterways and Ballymore Properties. Photo: Canary Wharf Group.