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New Plans Surface For Dollar Bay

Compared to the heady days of the last decade it's been a quiet period for Ian Simpson Architects. A new tower proposal for Dollar Bay in London's Docklands could see that about to change.

Dollar Bay has had a long history of attempted development, but with the building split into a number of different freeholders any developer has had to struggle to win them all over before anything can happen to the site.

This was finally achieved after six years back in 2008 meaning that the attractive waterside plot could finally be turned into something rather more dense than the current modest apartment building which occupies it.

The scheme has gradually changed since it first had work start on it back in 2008 with a narrow base and wide floors as it rises presenting a pleasing curving profile. Work however went into stasis in mid 2009 and only the following year did Ian Simpson Architects revisit the plans to come up with something that would fit better into the changed and rather more depressed Docklands property market.

In doing so the height of the tower was reduced to help save money. If it would stand at only 30-storeys would see the necessity of a mid-level plant room vanish whilst simplifying the external shape would also reduce construction costs into what is proposed today.

The architects have designed it to present a narrow shape to the north and south to help reduce solar gain on one side of the building, and to reduce the number of commercially unpopular north-facing rooms on the other side of the tower. The western face presents a concertinaed glass fašade that cascades down whilst the north and south facades show the tower massed as a couple of long crystals that break it into two different shapes. In turn the eastern fašade contrasts with the sense of motion of the rival western one by presenting a sheer glazed wall.

The building isn't just visually split into an east and west half but also in terms of the layouts of the floors with the main corridor for each running along the central joint between the two crystals.

The larger apartments are located on the western side, and take advantage of the bigger views it presents, whilst the smaller more compact apartments can be found on the eastern part. Furthermore, from floor 19 upwards apartments can be merged together for those with enough money giving them half a floor each if they so desire. As with previous notable Ian Simpson designs, residents here will be able to enjoy their own winter garden on the or east and west sides of the building.

Topping the building will be a double height winter garden. The base meanwhile will have a new landscaped public area around it, plus two car lifts, and a cycle ramp.

If built it will stand at approximately 109.5 metres in height. As before the 31-storey, 121-apartment scheme is being developed by Londonewcastle.

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