Canary Wharf has unveiled another planned skyscraper for their estate, once again by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Located on the Heron Quays West site that stands immediately between Heron Quays and Riverside South, the scheme is a massive stepped office building that reaches 197.9 metres above ground or 204.9 metres AOD to its structural tip. Once built it will be the seventh tallest building on the estate and their eleventh proper skyscraper, that is by definition buildings above 150 metres.
Seeing the previous Rogers twin tower solution for the abandoned, the design now features three steps, similar in basic form to Rogers defunct plans for the Grand Union Building in Paddington but on a taller scale.
With three linked main sections standing at 198m, 147m and 95m, each with a central atrium. There is an outer frame of structural aluminium cross-bracing running up the middle of each of the three main elements with clear glass cladding behind it.
The dimensions of the building are huge with it running 163 metres long along an east to west axis and 65 metres wide and containing 195,629 square metres of internal space. This means it will offer floor-plates from 2,278 to an enormous 7,962 square metres of net lettable space that is more than suitable for a record breaking financial trading floors.
Putting this in perspective it will comfortably be the largest trading floor in Europe - the current record holder is Merrell Lynch who have 6,673 square metre floors at Newgate Street in the City of London.
Outside of the main office building will be a four floor pavilion designed for leisure uses such as restaurants, cafes, and bars to breathe some life into the area around ground level.
There is no actual development timetable for the scheme yet, not least because such a thing is likely to depend on market conditions. Canary Wharf has however been progressing with the preparatory work for Riverside South and with North Quays development dependent on Crossrail being built under it first, they may well sandwich Heron Quays West into their pipeline between the two.
In the meantime, Tower Hamlets will consider the planning application and decide on the scheme early next year.
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