Deu no Financial Times
22-07-2014, por Andy Sharman
London’s Canary Wharf gets greenlight for expansion
Canary Wharf, London’s second financial district, is set for a big expansion after the local council gave the go-ahead for the construction of more than 3,000 homes.
Songbird Estates on Tuesday said it had won planning permission for the first substantial extension to the business centre since the financial crisis, when the rapid growth of the area was arrested as banks and other financial groups retrenched staff.
|Illustration of Wood Wharf's design by Herzog & de Meuron|
The 4.9m sq ft project, formerly known as Wood Wharf and equivalent to about a third of the existing Canary Wharf footprint, will feature parkside town houses and high-rise buildings, including a cylindrical residential tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Swiss architects behind the extension to the Tate Modern art gallery and the Beijing “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium.
Britain’s biggest commercial real estate companies are keen to increase their exposure to the country’s rapidly rebounding housing market, with about 40 per cent of their development programmes focused on residential schemes.
High-end property in the capital has been a particular focus, as developers rush to build luxury homes in London to take advantage of the capital’s rapidly rising house prices – though some fear there are signs the red-hot market is cooling.
Canary Wharf Group, the Songbird subsidiary, has been readying plans for the Wood Wharf site for much of the past decade as part of a move to open the area to residential use. It won approval for the first dedicated residential building at Canary Wharf in March, a 58-storey, 566-apartment development known as Newfoundland. (Continua)
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