Canary Wharf has already changed beyond all recognition from when One Canada Square was completed in 1991. (Incidentally One Canada Square is what some mistakenly refer to as Canary Wharf, or Canary Wharf Tower.) But what was once a singular (very) tall tower, it is now flanked by many other skyscrapers.
But if you think Canary Wharf looks impressive now, by 2020 its going to look very different, and by 2025 its going to look different again.
The largest single development is that by the Canary Wharf Group itself. The site formerly known as Wood Wharf has been razed to the ground and will provide a new residential-led, mixed use, waterside community.
The masterplan, designed by Allies and Morrison Architects, will provide over 3,200 new homes, nearly 2 million sq ft of high quality commercial office space, and a further 335,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and community uses. Estimated completion for the entire project is 2023, however the first of the residential towers, 10 Park Drive, will complete in 2019/2020.
However, prior to 2023, and all located to the south of the Canary Wharf Estate, we will witness the completion of Berkeley’s South Quay Plaza (2020), Galliard’s Maine Tower at Harbour Central (2019/2020), Ballymore’s The Wardian (2019) and LBS’ The Madison (2019).
But that’s not all.
Landmark Pinnacle at 75 floors will become London’s tallest residential building (by number of floors, rather than height), and Hertsmere House near West India Quay will ACTUALLY become Europe’s tallest residential tower at 240 metres. But by then, the Canary Wharf Group will have also completed its 560 unit Newfoundland scheme, on the far west of the estate just past Heron Quays DLR.
Oh, and did we mention the completion of Mount Anvil’s Dollar Bay & Galliard’s Baltimore Tower complete in 2017 too…
And lastly, just a few words for Crossrail. Although Crossrail Place was completed in 2015 the station itself will not open until December 2018. Once open the Elizabeth line (as its now to be called, Ma’am) will take you from Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street in 6 minutes, to Paddington in 17 and Heathrow in 39. Incidentally, did you know that the station itself is 18 metres below water level? Crossrail sits beneath North Dock and the dock was drained in order for building of the station to commence.