Canary Wharf Group has appointed US-based landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (PWP) to design Isle of Dogs site

US-based PWP will design the 20-acre, mixed-use Wood Wharf Ⓒ Canary Wharf Group
US-based PWP will design the 20-acre, mixed-use Wood Wharf Ⓒ Canary Wharf Group

PWP will develop the landscape element of the Wood Wharf masterplan, and its brief calls for ‘attractive new waterside parks accommodating a wide range of retail, leisure, cultural and community uses, combined with European style-streets and squares, to complement the environmentally sustainable mixed-use buildings’.

The outline masterplan for Wood Wharf, which lies immediately to the east of Canary Wharf, is currently being drawn up by Terry Farrell and Partners. Its aim is to build on Canary Wharf’s success and create the next generation of business space, shops, bars and restaurants, new homes and cultural amenities. The scheme, according to Canary Wharf Group, ‘will respond to changing market conditions and reflect an evolution of commercial buildings towards flexible, bespoke space for dynamic business growth sectors’.

PWP is renowned for a number of its international, high profile landscape projects, including the National 9/11 Memorial in New York, the Constitution Gardens at the National Mall in Washington D.C. and the Sony Center Plaza in Berlin. The firm has developed a tradition of design that responds to its environment and delivered projects in some of the world’s most physically complex urban environments.

Canary Wharf Group acquired the full rights to develop the Wood Wharf site in January 2012 from previous joint venture partners Canal and River Trust (previously British Waterways) and Ballymore.

The site already has a previous outline planning approval for 4.7 million square feet of mixed use office, retail and residential space, about one third of the existing Canary Wharf estate. The consultation process for the new masterplan began in autumn 2012, with an application for a new outline planning permission expected to be submitted in spring 2013. It is anticipated the scheme will be developed in phases over 10-12 years with the first phase commencing in 2014. Part of the development is expected to be open in time for Crossrail trains running through Canary Wharf from 2018.

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