Stanton Williams and Allies & Morrison also appointed to Canary Wharf scheme

Herzog & de Meuron has been appointed to design one of London’s tallest residential towers at Canary Wharf.

The Swiss practice is one of three that have been commissioned by Canary Wharf Group to design the first phase of the Wood Wharf development.

Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams has picked up three smaller residential buildings which will sit around a courtyard and waterways at the western end of the 8ha scheme.

They will be linked to Canary Wharf and the new Wood Wharf High Street by pedestrian footpaths over the water.

Allies & Morrison has been appointed to design two new office buildings which will sit either side of the western end of the high street. The offices, aimed at IT services and new media companies, will sit above two storeys of retail. 

The three practices will be working with the masterplanners, Farrells, and with the landscape architects, Peter Walker and Partners.

Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron, said its building would be a symbol of a new community.

“The new Wood Wharf Tower will mediate between the city and the individual, public and private and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district,” he said.

Graham Morrison, partner at Allies and Morrison, said: “The office and public realm content of the scheme offer an opportunity for us to develop our experience in the commercial sector to further explore our interest in creating places which are both financially and socially successful.”

Construction is expected to get under way in 2014 with the first buildings opening in 2017 before Crossrail trains start running through Canary Wharf from 2018.

Public consultation is already under way but is due to end this spring.

The site already has a previous outline planning approval for 440,000 sq m of mixed-use office, retail and residential space, about a third of the size of the existing Canary Wharf estate.