Ever since News International decided they weren't interested the site has been mothballed, but now Canary Wharf has been working on a new design for 25 Churchill Place, the last available plot in the original estate.
As before the scheme comes from the pens of KPF but this time features a 108 metre tall mid-rise tower, a reduction of 22 metres from the previous plans with the number of floors above ground level dropping from 24 to 19. it will contain 71,169 square metres of office space, a drop of almost 9,000 square metres.
Along with the height decrease that was specifically requested of the architect presumably at the behest of a specific future tenant, the building retains the shape of a box but this time without two opposing corners slashed off.
Instead the main body of the tower has its edges framed in stone and is clad in high performance glazing and projecting towards the dock at the south. Behind columns, are the lower north and south levels whilst the outer western fašade that faces towards Canary Wharf has a very visual entrance created in it - as a result, the building effectively turns its back towards the east and Wood Wharf.
Around 25 Churchill Place at dock level will be the construction of a new promenade with a footbridge linking it over Bellmouth Passage to Montgomery Street.
The end result is another project for Canary Wharf that is a box, and one that will no doubt add further to the homogenised bland corporate image it has although breaking in height from its neighbours is a welcome approach to at least giving the skyline some variety, even if only in scale not design.
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