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City Pride In Depth

What will be the tallest wholly residential tower in the United Kingdom has been proposed by Chalegrove Properties for a site in London's docklands.

Coming from the pens of Squire and Partners, the site is the former City Pride pub that stands to the north of the recently completed Landmark Towers off Marsh Wall on the west end of South Dock. Planning permission was previously given for a shorter residential tower by Foster + Partners for the same site that would have contained 412 apartments, and a 203-bedroom five star hotel.

This time the tower will have 76 floors including the upper plant level which gives it an approximate height of 233 metres, and host a whopping 948 apartments within - a comparable amount to the Park Hill estate in Sheffield. Indeed, if politicians were serious about solving Britain's housing crisis towers of this scale could present part of the equation.

These 76 floors consist of 84 serviced apartments on levels 2 to 7, 72 shared ownership apartments on levels 8 to 19, and then private apartments above each of which are accessed by their own individual entrances.

There will be three amenity levels for residents to enjoy including a substantial play space for children on level 27 that fills virtually half the occupiable floorspace in an attempt to make the scheme child friendly. Needless to say there are also spaces for the children of shared ownership apartments, but social inclusion isn't at the heart of this project - they will sadly never meet their richer neighbours having been given different areas further down the tower.

If anything this tower has been designed to compliment its two neighbours. The tower has been massed to stand along a north south axis to free space on the ground level, and improve views from the Landmark, whilst it also draws on the tops of those towers for inspiration.

The tops of the Landmark Towers host enclosed plant equipment and are illuminated at night. Here although the upper level will be partially a 610 square metre roof terrace as well as contain plant space, it too will be back-lit creating a complimentary crown. Between the cladding of each floor, in a similar manner to the landmark, there will be slender bands of GRC that establish further visual coherence.

Since the construction of the Landmark, building standards have changed, and whilst those two towers have external balconies the architects have taken a different approach here of creating mini winter gardens for all apartments instead.

Between the tower and South Dock will be a second building with a sloping roof that rises from ground level creating an amenity space for the public to enjoy. This building could be used to accommodate a café or restaurant providing dockside dining space and is able to be created through the space liberated by setting building strictly on the axis it is.

If the building does start construction it will be stood on a three metre deep concrete raft anchored with piling. Above will be a reinforced concrete structure with the edge columns running all the way from basement to roof level. A central concrete provides further structural stability as well as space for hosting some of the building services. The roof, which will contain the garden and a plant level will be framed with reinforced steel that will transfer the loads placed on it into the concrete frame it stands above.

Chalegrove Properties has previous good form with tall residentials having been intstrumental in the development of the neighbouring Landmark Towers which were also designed by Squire and Partners. Combined with the fact that high-rise London apartments remain a hot proposition for foreign buyers flocking to the capital, it seems a good bet that City Pride will start rising sooner than later.

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