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Riverside South Redesigned

Riverside South at Canary Wharf was already the largest planned single office development in the whole of Europe when it was originally designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership (now called Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) back in 2003.

Now it's expanded its lead further thanks to a redesign that has seen the amount of proposed office space increase to 324,888 square metres up from 279,075. There will also be 2,367 square metres of retail space.

Along with this increase in floorspace has been a jump in the height of the tallest tower which previously stood at 214 metres above ground level. This has now jumped to 235.6 metres which will make it the tallest building at Canary Wharf, half a metre taller than One Canada Square. However, One Canada Square on slightly higher ground will still be the pinnacle of the cluster. Just. The shorter tower, meanwhile, has shrunk by 3 metres to 191 metres tall.

As part of the new version, considerable visual changes have been made. Most significantly relate to what the architect previously described as a "three-bladed echlon form" which has been substantially modified.

The central section of each tower remains the tallest but now the wings have been brought up to the same level. The staggering height of the towers rising from north to south with the wings of both buildings relating together in a cohesive architectural statement is retained.

The exterior of the project has also been changed and now looks like something from Rogers' practise with the structure expressed externally. There's diagonal cross-bracing over the glazed fašade, moving away slightly from the corporate 80s Americana that the previous Riverside South aimed for.

Riverside South was previously two towers with a central building in between connecting them both. This has been the victim of an intriguing change, as the shorter tower is now a completely separate building and only the taller tower remains connected to it. The middle section has been bulked up further and will contain trading floors of up to 5,000 square metres thanks to the external raking columns providing structural strength.

It's understood that this is the result of an unnamed client who has been talking to the Canary Wharf Group and wanted a bespoke building to fit their requirements.

There's been an awful lot of speculation about whether JP Morgan are going to leave the City of London. These design changes - coupled with the lack of other tenants looking for such a building - make it highly likely that the taller building with its adjoining trading floors will be the new JP Morgan headquarters in a massive blow for the City of London, an announcement that should be made any day now.

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Riverside South Redesign
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Riverside South Redesign
Riverside South Redesign