Next Canary Wharf tower at North Quay set to start

A tower that will kick start a major change to the north of Canary Wharf is set to begin imminently according to a new planning application.

North Quay is an area of land sitting beside Poplar DLR station and Canary Wharf Elizabeth line station which has lay undeveloped for many years.


DLR station to left out of image. Bridge will lead from DLR to new square and north dock

A life sciences tower has been approved with preparatory work ongoing for some time though activity appeared to slow over the past year, but work on the new structure should finally now get moving.

It will not only act as a catalyst for substantial expansion of the area but serve to link the DLR and Elizabeth lines north of the estate, while greatly improving pedestrian links.

Proposed development of North Quay

Not only that but it marks a tentative move away from a heavy reliance on financial services and an embrace of science, with the UK being short of lab and life sciences space.

Changing the face of Canary Wharf

Of course in recent years Canary Wharf group have moved into residential development in a big way, with the eastern estate expansion into Wood Wharf seeing thousands of new homes.

North Quay life sciences block on left

In the above render we can see that West India Quay also sits alongside the site. Improved pedestrian links between that station and Canary Wharf Elizabeth line will also be forthcoming.

North Quay too is set to see thousands of homes in subsequent stages of development. Outline plans were submitted in 2020 that could see thousands of residential units.

Big changes coming to the area

So far detailed reserved matters are only approved for the forthcoming 130 metre tower. The latest submission from April 2024 which outlines a timescale for construction can be seen here.

And plenty more change is set to come. To the east lies the vast Billingsgate market site.

The City of London eventually hope to move it to Dagenham Dock and redevelop the site with offices, housing and retail.


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