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Dollar Bay Tower Approved

Plans for a new residential-led tower at Dollar Bay have been approved by the Borough of Tower Hamlets planning committee.

The Ian Simpson Architects designed tower will if built, be 32 floors above ground which translates into a height of 109 metres. For comparison, 1 West India Quay is 111 metres tall. In Dollar Bay will be hosted 121 new apartments, plus ground floor retail, and a top floor winter garden attached to a rooftop cafe.

Previous plans were for a much taller building, but this version has the advantage of being a more limited number of floors thus doing away with the need for a mid-level plant floor, which in turn saves on construction and maintenance costs.

Ian Simpson Architects also dropped the 100% air conditioning of the building, and replaced it with full natural ventilation, the two penthouse apartments aside, making a huge energy saving.

In terms of the actual urban planning of the scheme, it has been sited to create the maximum amount of space between the tower and Glenn Terrace in an attempt to make it less overbearing. The massing of the tower also presents broad west/east frontages with transparent double skin glazing and louvres, and narrower north/south ones that utilise a number of solid panels as well as windows. This reduces the amount of unattractive north facing space which suffer from poorer quality daylight, and south facing space that get the highest levels of solar gain.

The figure of 121 apartments is however provisional as the building has been designed to allow for the merging of apartments from floor 19 up if the purchaser can afford it giving those with the cash the opportunity of up to half a floor each. In addition the two bedroom apartments can be configured into a number of different options - entertaining, formal dining, TV room, study/bedroom and second bedroom - depending on the preferences of the buyer.

Prospective buyers won't be able to snap one up yet though, as there is no date on when the developer Londonewcastle intend to start marketing the project, or begin construction for that matter.

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