Tall Orders: China’s Greenland launches £800m London skyscraper

Record-breaking Docklands development will be the tallest resi structure in western Europe

Chinese mega-developer Greenland has launched sales at its ambitious new scheme in Canary Wharf, which will soon be crowned the Tallest Resi Structure in Western Europe.

The 771-foot, 67-storey Spire London, which bagged planning in February, will jut skywards from the huge site at Hertsmere Road, right next to Canary Wharf. It’ll deliver 861 apartments, 765 of which will be offered for private sale, with a GDV of around £800m+.

CBRE and JLL have been instructed as joint agents.

Drawn up by HoK’s Larry Malcic and Christopher Colosimo and packing interiors by Argent Design’s Nicola Fontanella, the giant structure will provide residents with a concierge, retailing, residents’ gardens and a host of five-star lifestyle amenities including a spa and club bar on the 35th floor.

The “striking” architecture has apparently been inspired by the nautical history of the site (which directly fronts onto 30 acres of water at West India Quay) and by the orchid, “a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years”. The end product will have three “petals” and a “prow”, with public realm works delivering a paved piazza, entrance driveways, birch trees, sculptural benches, and a “dramatic dancing fountain”, inspired by the one at Somerset House.

The ground floor will house a boutique hotel-style through-lobby with six-metre ceilings, columns, and concierge with an Orchid petal shaped reception desk. Inside the apartments, Argent has gone for an aquamarine, white and bronze colour scheme with terrazzo flooring and swirling rugs to “echo the shape of the Thames”.

There’ll also be very little waiting around for lifts – 35 seconds max in fact. A total of nine are being installed (most towers have four to six), travelling up the building faster than six metres per second. Greenland says it’s the best lift provision of any new resi tower in London.

Starting at £595k, the private sale apartments on the eighth to 66th floors will range from 538 square feet for a one-bed up to 1,615 square feet for a three-bed duplex, with ceiling heights hitting 8.5 feet and a spec including comfort cooling and “hotel-style” bathrooms.

Up top, the premier and penthouse apartments on floors 56 to 66 will have designer kitchens, 9.2 foot ceilings and some very decent outside space thanks to the angled roof.

Meanwhile, the 35th floor spa will hold a 5,000 square foot space with infinity pool, lounge areas and a jacuzzi, a 2,000 square foot gymnasium and fitness studio; the club room will have a central cocktail bar, lounge seating and “wine displays”, and residents will also have their own private cinema room.

Construction is already progressing at a fair lick, with above-ground demolition works now complete. Piling starts in January and the tower is scheduled to reach the halfway point (in height) during the summer of 2018. Build completion is slated for 2020.

Yuliang Zhang, Chairman and President of Greenland Group: “Spire London will create a new iconic landmark on the London skyline. This tower will be Western Europe’s tallest residential building and underlines London’s enduring status as a world-class city and destination. This is Greenland Group’s most important project in Europe, and will deliver exceptional new homes for Londoners. Greenland Group operates across four continents and is a global leader in delivering high-rise residential buildings, and has already built or is developing four of the ten highest buildings in the world.”

Wenhao Qian, Managing Director of Greenland (UK) Investment Ltd: “This important launch reflects the confidence that Greenland Group continues to have in both the London economy and the London property market. We believe that there is always a demand for ‘best in class’ property assets that offer a high quality, bespoke, designed and unique product in a prime location. In our view Spire London fulfils these criteria, and we believe there will be significant demand for the apartments within this tower from both the UK and overseas.”

Peter Gibney,Director at JLL: “Spire London is exceptionally well located, on the doorstep of Canary Wharf, London’s financial hub, as well as providing easy access to the City of London and the UK stock exchange centre. The tower is just a short walk from Canary Wharf underground station (Jubilee line) and Canary Wharf and West India Quay DLR stations, providing access to Bond Street, Bank and City Airport within 15 minutes, and has the added benefit of the new Crossrail Link due to open in 2018.”

Matthew Leitch, Senior Director at CBRE: “With its record breaking height, unrivalled views and dynamic architecture, Spire London is distinctly different to any other project being launched in Docklands. It stands apart from the current competition and we believe will attract buyer interest from both end-user and investor buyers from the UK and overseas.”

The public sales launch is happening on Thursday 13th October in Warehouse Number One, next to the development site 

Contact: CBRE/JLL

T.  020 3813 2471/spirelondon.com