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Canary lodges 1.1m sq ft Park Place plans

By James Buckley - Monday, October 14, 2013 16:00

Canary Wharf Group has restarted work on 1 Park Place, a construction project in Docklands which was put on hold two years ago, having submitted fresh plans for a new 35-storey office tower.

CWG has lodged a Squires & Partners-designed reserved matters planning application with Tower Hamlets council for an office scheme of up to 1.1m sq ft to replace previously consented proposals.

The new development, which will deliver a maximum gross internal area of 1.1m sq ft and a minimum building size of 430,000 sq ft, will comprise two basement levels, a ground floor level and 31 upper storeys, as well as the construction of a new pedestrian link. The building will rise to 568ft AOD.

Canary Wharf Group said an outline planning permission on the site would provide a “significantly more attractive offer for potential tenants, providing certainty on the use and quantum of development that can be delivered on the site, while allowing for flexibility for tenants to create a building that best meets their specific needs through the reserved matters process.”

The site was previously occupied by the Littlejohn Frazer building, an 53,000 sq ft office building which has now been demolished. Planning consent was obtained in 2008 for the development of 1.2m sq ft of floorspace designed by Horden Cherry Lee Architects.

A revised scheme was then developed by Squire and Partners for an alternative commercial building in 2011, however a planning application was not submitted and the project was placed on hold.

Canary Wharf Group bought the long leasehold interests in 1 Park Place in 2010 out of administration. The building sits on a 0.87acre site adjoining the Canary Wharf Estate.

1 Park Place was constructed in 1986, meaning it predates the first phase of construction of Canary Wharf, which began in May 1988.