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06.06.2014

Make’s proposal for a residential-led tower at Meridian Gate on the Isle of Dogs was submitted for planning last week. The scheme, prepared for Meridian Property Holdings Limited and LBS Properties, will provide a high quality, residential-led, mixed-use development consisting of approximately 400 one, two and three-bed apartments, and will include on-site affordable homes. Approximately 70% of the site will be dedicated to the provision of publically accessible gardens and a children’s playground.

The site is located beside West India Docks and is one of several sites that form the Marsh Wall East masterplan study area. The proposals for Meridian Gate aim to provide better permeability, more open space and better access to the waterfront – these are some of the key aspirations of the wider plans for the redevelopment of Marsh Wall East. In accordance with Tower Hamlets’ policy and the Mayor of London’s guidelines, the site has been identified as suitable for a tall building and, at 53 storeys, the proposal establishes an intermediate scale between the taller Canary Wharf cluster to the north and other tall buildings to the south.

Frank Filskow, Make partner and the lead project architect said: “We are excited to be working on a scheme that we hope will bring new life to this up and coming area. We have worked hard on the slenderness of the tower to maximise the amount of open space that is being provided, and dedicating 70% of the site to open space is a real benefit for both the existing community and the new residents of this highly sustainable mixed-use tower.

“The apartments benefit from the combination of balconies, winter gardens and terraces, providing private external space and excellent views of the capital. The building’s simple ‘pencil’-shaped form has been refined to create an elegant, slender silhouette on the skyline. The simple, but striking, form is articulated with a tapestry of external ‘fins’ that provides shading from solar gain and embellishes the building with a texture inspired by the historic dockland location and generated using images taken from the reflections in the water.”

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