30-storey flats and hotel approved by Tower Hamlets

A 30-storey development in Westferry designed by Simpson Haugh has been given the green light by Tower Hamlets council.

The hotel-led scheme is planned for a site at the edge of Canary Wharf which has stood derelict for more than a decade.

Mark Savage, partner at Simpson Haugh, said: “We have worked closely with [client] Rockwell Property to design a high-quality, mixed-use scheme that will improve connections across West India Dock Road, providing new homes, employment and training opportunities, while creating a safer and more secure public realm environment for the community.”

The 400-key hotel will include a ground-floor restaurant, cafe and bar, with 250 new jobs in hospitality set to be delivered across the development.

The 82 West India Dock Road project is also set to provide 66 new homes. These will be a mix one-, two- and three-bed apartments, of which 35% will be “affordable” and aimed at local families.

The scheme will also include ground-floor retail or community space and extensive public realm and landscaping works.

This will include half an acre of parks, a residents’ garden and more than 220sq m of children’s play space.

Simpson Haugh, which designed the scheme, has recently delivered One Blackfriars and Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station.

Work is due to start on site next summer.