Full steam ahead at Canary Wharf’s North Quay expansion

Could it be? Really?

After a decade of regularly passing a vast wasteland extremely close to DLR stations and now an Elizabeth line station that building is really underway on a major expansion of Canary Wharf?

In lethargic UK PLC yes it seems things are finally moving at North Quay. No rush. It’s only been a generational wait.

Why not use a prime site as a car park for years?

After a quite frankly ludicrous delay of many, many years activity is now evident on the site which will bring homes, offices and shops – one day.

For now we have work starting on a life sciences block? What is that you may ask?

North Quay life sciences block on left

It’s a bloody big block used for scientific purposes to study organisms and hopefully improve all of our existences.

And the building is not grey which always helps.

Of course this being the UK we are chronically short of lab space in large part due to NIMBYs opposing new builds for scientific research across the country – despite Britain being at the forefront of research across the world.

Activity – at last

Hopefully that’s something this government can change to stop miserable farts blocking improvements for the rest of us.

The tower now underway is a mere part of a wider project that will stretch close to Billingsgate market and when complete provide far better links on foot between the DLR station at Poplar and Elizabeth line at Canary Wharf.

Beside Elizabeth line station

So there’s any positives. And once again, now there’s a new government can we stop pandering to privileged knobs who’d rather see the country buried with their “I’m alright Jack” attitudes rather than new homes and making the most of what this country is great at?

We have excellent universities and so many skilled people. More labs are desperately needed – and this goes a tiny bit towards meeting that demand.

Big changes coming to the area

Fingers crossed work will move onto adjacent land soon as when it does it’ll offer much better link for pedestrians from Poplar (such as those travelling from Woolwich) towards all the shops and jobs at Canary Wharf.

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    One thought on “Full steam ahead at Canary Wharf’s North Quay expansion

    • Would love to hear more updates on the area! I used to live on the Isle of Dogs and now in Poplar. As days pass, I become more horrified by the fast but gradual gentrification of my local community. It’s quite unfortunate to see the area being overthrown by these towers that none of the locals are welcome in. I don’t wanna be thrown out of my home!


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