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1 Millharbour Finally Approved

Irish developer Ballymore's plans for two residential towers at 1 Millharbour have finally been approved after wrangling between them and Tower Hamlets council over the location of the affordable housing provision attached to the application. The controversy between developer and council was centered around Ballymore wanting to build the affordable housing offsite and Tower Hamlets wanting it built on site.

Ballymore had twin tracked different applications, one offering less favourable conditions to the council which they would use as leverage if their other application was not approved.

The 139m (159m to spire) and 119m tall towers designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill soar to 46 and 37 floors -their approval will finally finish the saga that has gone on for 5 years regarding the site ever since Ballymore proposed a 200m tall office tower in 2000.

Following height limits on the Millennium Quarter this design was withdrawn and planning permission was applied for a 139m tall office tower which in turn was superceded by the current proposals in 2002 as Ballymore responded to the downturn in the office climate in London.

Ironically these residentials will be going up just as the office climate is finally recovering. Ballymore have a successful history of building tall residential towers in London with Ontario Tower at 98m under construction just down the road at New Providence Wharf.

Work is expected to start as soon as possible. Ballymore are keen to discharge conditions and start marketing apartments in the tower. This should see the core rising before the year is out. When completed the taller tower will be the tallest entirely residential tower in the U.K.

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1 Millharbour (scheme B) Tower 1

1 Millharbour (scheme B) Tower 1
1 Millharbour (scheme B) Tower 2

1 Millharbour (scheme B) Tower 2