- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 11 Jan 2018
Designed by award-winning architects HOK, at 235 m (771 ft), the building has a petal-shaped design inspired by the site's nautical history, and by the orchid, a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years. Three petals form the spire, creating faceted glass façades and nautical style ‘prow’ and ‘bow’ contours.
The lower floors are characterised by bronze coloured metal detailing, while the pair of pavilion buildings on either side of the tower feature bronze coloured fins. The designers claim that this 'complements the tan brickwork of the adjacent historic buildings around the dock basin.'
The 67-storey mixed-use development will include public realm and landscape improvements alongside shops, cafes and communal amenity pavilions for new residents, connected to the tower by glass winter gardens and landscaped roof terraces.
Shanghai-based property developer Greenland Group has already built three of the ten tallest buildings in the world since 2005, and this development will be their second investment in the UK following the Ram Brewery scheme in Wandsworth, on which construction started in 2015.
As part of the proposal, Greenland Group will make an additional £19 million contribution to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, ring fenced for affordable housing, and a further £21 million contribution through the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 contributions.
Setareh Neshati, Senior Planning Manager, Greenland Group said:
“We are delighted that Tower Hamlets have decided to share our ambition to deliver a landmark residential building at West India Quay. This is Greenland Group’s most important project in Europe. As well as delivering 921 new homes for Londoners, including 156 affordable homes, our scheme will revitalise this part of Canary Wharf and create a new prosperous environment that the whole community can enjoy. The carefully designed public realm will provide the most appropriate and balanced setting for the proposed residential building.”
Above-ground demolition works at the site have already been undertaken. Piling for the tower will begin in January 2017 with the tower scheduled to reach the halfway point in height during the summer of 2018. Build completion is scheduled for 2020.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The initiative to enhance the environment continues.
Could underused community spaces offer an alternative to working from home?
Keeping workers and workplaces safe in the United States.
A history lesson in geographic information systems.
A low tech, easy to use method of extinguishing small fires.
How can these valued spaces be reused?
Partnership avoids the need for listed building consent.
Connecting building design from inception to completion to operations.
Gregor Harvie predicts interoperability will be construction’s Uber moment.
Expert commentary and insight.
Guidance offered for stained glass window maintenance.
Define need before determining viability.