|The 42 storey HSBC Tower. Canary Wharf|
Photograph by Clive Power
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Planning notification: 40 storey buildings at Canada Water
The 15th August edition of Southwark News, which I've only just got around to reading, has a planning notification regarding the Canada Water area of Rotherhithe, which has been going through planning hoops for years. I am, as usual with Southwark's planning strategy, confused. The planning page for this application says that the target decision date is/was 14th May 2013, which is of course in the past, so I have no idea why they are publishing the planning request again.
If you are new to the area or have missed the consultation process, planning reference 12/AP/4126 concerns the demolition of the existing buildings on the site of the Decathlon and What retail stores (sites C and E) and the erection of five buildings ranging from 5 to 40 storeys. You can find full details at the Southwark Council website: http://bit.ly/13I21G3
Such a shame. Ontario Point, the new monolith next to Canada Water station, is a 26 storey building and that's already too massive. 40 Storeys is the size of Norman Foster's Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), whilst the vast new Strata building at Elephant and Castle, is just three storeys taller at 43 floors. The solidly dull HSBC tower in Canary Wharf is, at 42 storeys, joint 4th tallest building in the UK.
There's a useful Wikipedia page, for future reference, that shows the tallest buildings in London, just to enable one to get some sort of perspective on the sheer scale of some of these proposals and to get an idea of what sort of impact some of these planning applications are likely to have on the area, both practically and aesthetically.