London approvals dominated the property headlines this week. London Borough of Tower Hamlets gave the go-ahead to a scheme that its developer describes as western Europe’s tallest resi tower. Chinese developer Greenland Group is to build the 67-storey tower on a site close to Canary Wharf in Docklands. The project, designed by architect HOK, is set to provide 861 homes alongside new piazzas at ground level.
Westminster City Council this week approved plans by architect Squire & Partners for the redevelopment of London’s New Scotland Yard. The design proposal for Ten Broadway, as the 0.7 hectare site has been named, comprises six towers of between 14 and 20 storeys. The site is owned by Middle East investment company Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG).
Communities secretary Greg Clark has given approval for private rented sector (PRS) developer Essential Living’s proposed 24-storey, 184-unit tower in Swiss Cottage, north London. The development, named Theatre Square, is designed by Grid Architects. It had earlier been rejected by the London Borough of Camden.
In Manchester, developer Realty Estates has made public its proposals for the UX Manchester scheme on the landmark former Boddingtons Brewery site in the city centre. The mixed-use scheme has the capacity for more than 1,000 apartments, together with office space and commercial units, all set in a new public realm. The site, which closed as a brewery in 2005, is located close to Victoria Station and Manchester Arena on the Manchester Inner Ring Road.