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Adamson Works Up New Heron Quays Skyscraper

An outline planning application has been filed for part of the Heron Quays West site at Canary Wharf now commonly known as One Bank Street.

Effectively phase one of a two part scheme, the project will see a new office tower built on the eastern part of the footprint of the building designed by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners back in 2007 that won planning permission from Tower Hamlets.

The outline planning application is scant on external details but foresees a tower that exhibits the typical typology of a Canary Wharf tower as seen at One Canada Square, and the flanking HSBC and Citigroup skyscrapers.

Amongst the details t hat have been fleshed out are a building with a broad base, and a more slender main body. The canopy at the ground level of the tower is likely to be 4.5 metres above ground working as a continuation with Bank Street, whilst the tower will see some of the existing West India Dock consumed and retail units built on the southern side along with a new promenade. The eastern side sees the tower offset from the centre of the podium base and cantilevered out.

There are potentially two individual entrances to the office space that would be sited on the northern part of the building suggesting that perhaps Canary Wharf is aiming for a multi-let tower, or at least a skyscraper with two main occupiers. This is a bit of a departure - many of the current buildings on the estate are each occupied almost exclusively by one company.

The project will contain as much as 129,857 square metres of office space, although this could also be as little as 80,025 square metres, whilst the precise dimension of the tower see a height of up to 185.5 metres. This includes a contingency of 10% meaning that the tower could be as little as 166.8 metres tall translating into a 65,000 square metre office building if one counts the net internal space available to let.

The design has been drawn up by Adamson and welcomed by the Mayor of London's office as corresponding with the sort of principles that the planning authorities want from the next generation of office buildings in the capital. Of course, the real devil will be in the detail which remains to be seen.

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