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Ballymore Begin London Crossharbour Work

Demolition has begun on the former London Arena site at Crossharbour in the Isle of Dogs, London clearing the site in preparation for a new development designed by SOM for Ballymore Properties, the Irish company that has 1 Millharbour under construction just over the dock.

Plans by Ballymore and SOM have been floating around in various forms since 2001 when they were originally revealed. The first design was for a series of six towers, four residential, one 157 metre tall office and one hotel plus changes to the nearby DLR station that runs through the site.

The sheer density and height of these along with fears from locals they would be inappropriate for the setting saw the council reject them leaving the developer and architect with no option to go back to the drawing board.

The second designed featured a single blue glass tower of about 170 metres in height towering over lower rise blocks that created courtyards with an office development to the back of it. This too was dropped, concerns were raised again about the height which was taller than the first design, whilst the planning bodies felt that there were still many planned apartments in the development and design of the tower was "monolithic".

This time around the design was refined with the tower reduced in size by ten floors, a smaller number of apartments and greater amounts of public space which did secure the approval of both Tower Hamlets council and the Mayor of London.

The make up of this project is 1,047 apartments, 27,000 square metres of new office space, a 225 room four star hotel and 527 car parking spaces.

For work to start on the actual building of the scheme Ballymore have approached the clients of Davy Stockbrokers to try and raise the 45 million in funding they need. This doesn't show an actual lack of money for Ballymore in one sense, rather their other developments although selling well are not yet complete so a revenue stream is guaranteed in the future once residents move in to occupy those apartments but not currently available leaving a gap that needs to be plugged if construction on other developments is to start.

Ballymore hope that construction can begin before the end of the year giving them no less than four residential towers going up in London. Ontario Tower and the two at 1 Millharbour are the others.

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