Property developers, Berkeley Homes, has gained planning for what will be the tallest residential building in the UK. Located at a site in London Docklands it will join an enviable portfolio of some of the most desirable developments in the country.
Berkeley is actively changing the shape of London with bold redevelopments such as Goodmans Fields and the highly anticipated One Tower Bridge. They are also the company behind One Blackfriars, a building set to rival 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) for its distinctive silhouette on the London skyline.
South Quay Plaza will involve the demolition of a 1980s block on the Isle of Dogs to build a 68-storey and 36-storey building. Situated across the water from the One Canada Square it will become one of the world’s most exclusive residential developments.
The proposals, designed by architects Foster & Partners (the company behind 30 St Mary Axe), have been dropped in height from the originally proposed 73 floors, which would have put the building almost on par with One Canada Square itself.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, wrote to Tower Hamlets Council at the end of March indicating he would not call in the scheme allowing final approval to be given.
The slender primary tower will have a floor plate of two intersected squares which will afford incredible views of the city for each of the luxury apartments. At 202 metres tall, the 68 storey tower will cut quite the figure on the London skyline. A smaller section of the tower will sit at 56 storeys and will be topped with a sky garden.
This larger tower will be the first phase build with the 36 storey tower to follow afterwards. The entire development will total 888 homes, 188 of which are classified as affordable properties. There is no indication yet what is Berkeley’s definition of ‘affordable home’.
The infrastructure around this awe inspiring project is going to be large scale. The demolition contractors will be levelling three buildings over the coming months before the project officially breaks ground. After which road layouts will be revised, gas piping re-laid to accommodate the 888 homes stacked on top of each other, not to mention the electrical and telecommunications elements.
Staggeringly the entire project is expected to take just 5 years to complete with work to begin summer 2016. So if you’re looking for your next Infrastructure role register with us today.