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Berkeley Submits Plans For South Quay Plaza

Berkeley Homes has submitted a planning application for what will be the tallest wholly residential building in the United Kingdom at South Quay Plaza if it is built.

The development has been designed by Foster + Partners and involves the demolition of the existing buildings on the site including South Quay Plaza Two, an office building that was completed in 1989 and is now reaching the end of its life. A further phase will see the future demolition of Wyndham House to the immediate east.

The proposals feature two towers of 73-storeys and 36-storeys, the tallest of which will be about 240 metres in height with the shorter one having a height of about 120 metres, plus a lower rise building. Between them these buildings will play host to some 900 new homes. Around the base of the buildings will be 1.5 acres of landscaped grounds with cafes and restaurants.

The sheer scale of the scheme shows just how height inflation is hitting E14. The extreme end of the last boom saw Pan Peninsula constructed which is a mere 147 metres tall with 48 floors.

Beyond the desire to fit as many homes as possible onto the site, the economic logic of building so tall is the higher you go the more you can charge for the apartments. Although it costs more to build taller buildings, the ever increasing cost of property in London is making very tall residential towers more feasible. The penthouses, which will have unprecedented views, are expected to sell for in excess of 15 million.

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