Spire London launches in Docklands

Nick Myall
Monday 05 Sep 2016

Tallest residential tower in Western Europe planned for London Docklands

Greenland Group, one of China’s largest premium residential developers, is launching Spire London designed by HOK in London Docklands. The building is a 235m (771ft) high 67-storey residential tower, with a GDV in excess of £800m, the tallest in the UK and Western Europe, with concierge, retailing, residents’ gardens and five-star lifestyle amenities including a 35th floor Spa and Club Bar. 

Located in Hertsmere Road, adjacent to Canary Wharf and directly fronting onto the 30 acres of water in West India Quay, Spire London is designed by architects Larry Malcic and Christopher Colosimo of multi-award winning architectural practice HOK, and by leading interior designer Nicola Fontanella of Argent Design.

The tower will provide 861 apartments of which 765 are for private sale. The private sale apartments include luxurious suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments, and three bedroom duplex penthouses.

The tower has been designed to provide uninterrupted panoramic views over the whole of London – the highest and most far-reaching ever provided by apartments in the capital – capturing the Thames, Canary Wharf, the City of London, and numerous famous and historic landmarks.

The striking and unique architecture is inspired by the nautical history of the site and by the orchid, a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years. Three petals form the spire, creating faceted glass façades and nautical style ‘prow’ and ‘bow’ contours. The angled roof of the tower allows for outside terraces in the premier and penthouse apartments, whilst feature louvres allow for natural ventilation throughout the building. 

Bronze coloured metal detailing on the lower floors and bronze coloured feature fins on the pair of pavilion buildings either side of the tower complement the tan brickwork of the adjacent historic buildings around the dock basin. The dynamic façades and flowing interiors provide a refreshing and appealing contrast to the traditional tower and low-rise architecture of many buildings in Docklands.

Spire London offers the best lift provision of any new residential tower in London, with nine passenger lifts to the private apartment floors. Most existing towers provide just 4-6 passenger lifts. The waiting time for a lift will be just 30 to 35 seconds, with the passenger cars travelling up the building faster than six metres per second.

The construction of the building is underway. Above-ground demolition works at the site have already been undertaken. Piling for the tower will begin in January 2017 with the tower scheduled to reach the halfway point in height during the summer of 2018. Build completion is scheduled for 2020.

Yuliang ZHANG, Chairman and President of Greenland Group said: “Spire London will create a new iconic landmark on the London skyline. This tower will be Western Europe’s tallest residential building and underlines London’s enduring status as a world-class city and destination. This is Greenland Group’s most important project in Europe, and will deliver exceptional new homes for Londoners. Greenland Group operates across four continents and is a global leader in delivering high-rise residential buildings, and has already built or is developing four of the ten highest buildings in the world.”

Wenhao QIAN, Managing Director of Greenland (UK) Investment Ltd said: “This important launch reflects the confidence that Greenland Group continues to have in both the London economy and the London property market. We believe that there is always a demand for ‘best in class’ property assets that offer a high quality, bespoke, designed and unique product in a prime location. In our view Spire London fulfils these criteria, and we believe there will be significant demand for the apartments within this tower from both the UK and overseas.”

Matthew LEITCH, Senior Director at CBRE said: “With its record breaking height, unrivalled views and dynamic architecture, Spire London is distinctly different to any other project being launched in Docklands. It stands apart from the current competition and we believe will attract buyer interest from both end-user and investor buyers from the UK and overseas.”

On Thursday 13th October the public launch of Spire London will take place in the state-of-the-art sales exhibition suite created by Argent Design in Warehouse Number One, directly adjacent to the development site in Hertsmere Road. For further information please visit www.cbreresidential.co.uk or www.residential.jll.co.uk, or visit www.spirelondon.com.

The WAN Residential Award 2016 is currently open for entries until 31st October. If you are interested in putting a project forward, please get in touch with Christina Ingram: christina.ingram@builtenvironmentmedia.com  or call: +44(0)1273 201 123

Nick Myall

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