GRID’s residential expertise was married with Canary Wharf Group’s unrivalled tall building capability to evolve the perfect PRS tower for London. The result is a mixed-use 36 storey, Private Rental Sector building that sits within the developing Wood Wharf quarter east of London’s Canary Wharf.
Won in competition, the composition is dictated by the consented masterplan with retail at ground floor, residential amenity on the podium and repeat floors of residential above. The apartment arrangements are located round a central core with balconies to the east and west façades, expressed as a continuous ribbon. This provides an architectural motif to the sides of an otherwise simple block. The podium contains amenity uses like club rooms and a gym while the podium roof is designed as terraces looking south over the basin and the new waterside park. Above the podium are large apartments located to allow easy access to the park and terraces. The entrance foyer connects the street to the garden by a double height, linear route that contains access to all cores, basements and concierge facilities.
GRID developed the massing composition as an aluminium and glass tower sitting on a heavy stone plinth, similar to the composition of towers lining the northern boundary of the waterside park in the masterplan. The south and north façades share a simple fenestration pattern that maximises views to the south and daylight to the north. The other facades contain serrated balconies that contrast in form and material. Construction started in 2015 and completed in late 2019.