A scoping application has been filed with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for what could be the tallest building in Docklands.
Developed by Berkeley Homes, the proposal features the regeneration of the 80s office buildings around South Quay Plaza that marked some of the first construction in the area back in the Thatcher era. Indeed, at one point South Quay Plaza stood as an oasis of glass and steel surrounded on all sides by urban deprivation.
The scoping opinion has been filed to try and get an idea of what sort of development would be considered by the council as suitable for the area and is therefore hugely ambitious. Berkeley Homes clearly wish to push the barrier of what is acceptable to Tower Hamlets by proposing as the centrepiece of the project, an 80-storey residential tower that would be up to 249 metres in height.
Further to this there is also a second residential tower of 35 storeys planned of 130 metres and shorter 45 metre tall building to provide a more human height aspect that would contain office space. Needless to say the ground floors are intended to have retail.
The project could have up to 1,150 new apartments, plus 4,000 square metres of retail space and 2,000 square metres of office space.
As part of the planning process, Berkeley is holding an exhibition at unit D of the Great Eastern Enterprise at 3 Millharbour on Friday the 19th of July between 2pm and 8pm, with another chance to see it on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.
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