Out-Law News | 19 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm | 1 min. read
The scheme has proposed the demolition of a private health care building, a workshop and several warehouses on a 0.4 hectare site immediately south of Canary Wharf and the construction of two new buildings, 32 storeys and 63 storeys high respectively, and a new public square. The new buildings would contain a total of 727 new one- to four-bedroom apartments, of which 126 are proposed to be affordable housing units.
The 63-storey East Building would comprise 560 market apartments, a 273-room four star hotel and a new NHS health care centre under the plans. The building would also include a ground floor café or restaurant and a 20th floor 'sky garden', lounge bar and swimming pool accessible to residents and hotel guests.
The 32-storey West Building would contain the remaining residential units, including all of the 126 affordable homes, under the scheme. A new primary school for up to 420 pupils would be accommodated within the lower floors of the building and would include a large hall, available for the local community to use outside school hours.
The buildings would be located either side of a new 1,612 square metre public square, to be known as Alpha Square, including hard landscaping, trees, shrubs and seating.
The planning statement submitted with the application said that at least 400 permanent jobs were expected to be created as a result of the development.
"Alpha Square is a residential-led mixed use development that will deliver important physical and social infrastructure to support the growth of South Quay," said the planning statement. "This development demonstrates FEC's commitment to the regeneration of the area, identified as suitable for redevelopment in strategic and local policy documents."