London's new Flower Tower? Mammoth 67-storey 'vertical city' of 860 flats planned for Docklands

Plans look set to be approved this week to build London's tallest new residential skyscraper with 861 flats, shops, pool, cinema and gym.

A new 67-storey residential tower with 861 flats on 67 floors looks set to be approved by Tower Hamlets council this week.

The skyscraper, designed by architects HOK, if approved, will overlook West India Quay on the Isle of Dogs. 

It has been nicknamed the Flower Tower because of its unusual “three-petalled” footprint, and developer Greenland Group hopes to tempt buyers with the promise of a new “vertical city”. 

At 771ft tall, it will equal the height of Canary Wharf's One Canada Square.

Alongside the homes, there will be new shops, a swimming pool, wine bar, cinema, gym and even a library on site, plus a children’s play area and a communal garden.

There will only be nine parking spaces, however — all of them reserved for disabled badge users.

Tower Hamlets is expected to grant the mammoth project planning permission, and will receive £19.25 million to go towards providing affordable housing in the borough in return.

The tower itself will have 96 homes earmarked to be rented or sold to low- and medium-income local residents in danger of being priced out of the area.

A report being considered by members of the council’s strategic development committee points out that the scheme is not without critics.

Historic England – formerly English Heritage – raises concerns that it will harm views of historic landmarks in both the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich, while 15 local residents have complained their homes could be cast into permanent shadow by the new tower.

Credit Suisse bank, which has a nearby office, has raised fears of noise, vibration, dust and air pollution during a build likely to take several years.

However, Aman Dalvi, the council’s director of development and renewal, has concluded that the tower will be an asset to the area. “The site is highly suitable for a tall building,” reads his report on the proposals.

“The tower would be of a high architectural quality, providing a marker at the end of the dock. The tower would also form part of an established cluster of tall buildings.”

As part of the project the Grade II-listed gateway and wall to West India Docks, where cargo from the West Indies was once unloaded, will need to be taken down and put into storage. It will be rebuilt brick by brick once the tower is in place.

 

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