Chinese residential developer Greenland Group is to build what will be Western Europe’s tallest apartment building in London’s Docklands – a 67-storey tower featuring a concierge service, retail units, residents’ gardens and a 35th floor spa and club bar.
The 235 metre (771ft) tall Spire London, which will have a gross development value (GDV) in excess of GBP800 million, will be located in Hertsmere Road, adjacent to Canary Wharf and directly fronting onto the 30 acres of water in West India Quay.
Spire London has been designed by architects Larry Malcic and Christopher Colosimo of architectural practice HoK, and by 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 historic landmarks.
The 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.
The angled roof of the tower allows for outside terraces in the premier and penthouse apartments.
Around the tower there will be a new public realm with a paved piazza, entrance driveways, birch trees, sculptural benches, and to the northeast of the tower a dancing fountain.
The private sale apartments are on the eighth to 66th floors of the tower with sizes ranging from 50 sq m (538 sq ft) for a one-bedroom apartment to 150 sq m (1,615 sq ft) for a three-bedroom duplex.
The premier and penthouse apartments are on floors 56 to 66 with features including designer kitchens with breakfast bars, 2.6 metre (9.2ft) high ceilings and walk-in dressing rooms in selected apartments.
The construction of Spire London 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, says: “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, says: “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.”
Peter Gibney, director at JLL, says: “Spire London is exceptionally well located, on the doorstep of Canary Wharf, London’s financial hub, as well as providing easy access to the City of London and the UK stock exchange centre. The tower is just a short walk from Canary Wharf underground station (Jubilee line) and Canary Wharf and West India Quay DLR stations, providing access to Bond Street, Bank and City Airport within 15 minutes, and has the added benefit of the new Crossrail Link due to open in 2018.”
Matthew Leitch, senior director at CBRE, says: “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.”