Dollar Bay — Mount Anvil

dollar bay canary wharf tower by simpson haugh at sunset

Last Updated on March 16, 2021 by CanaryDevelopmentAdmin

dollar bay by mount anvil in canary wharf designed by Simpson Haugh shown at sunset

Dollar Bay


31-storeys — Isle of Dogs

Dollar Bay — Overview

Dollar Bay is a Mount Anvil development, in conjunction with One Housing. The building was part of a wider development master plan to provide 187 new homes in Tower Hamlets.

Dollar Bay itself is a standalone 31 storey tower consisting of 125 apartments, 10 affordable and 115 for sale on the open market.

  • Studio apartments
  • One-bedroom apartments
  • Two-bedroom apartments
  • A handful of three-bedroom apartments

As architects, being able to realise such an elegant form and shimmering façade, which are functional and contribute to the sustainable aspects of the building, is very satisfying.

Barbara Clarenz — Simpson Haugh, Associate Partner

The building itself is a beautiful development standing alone as a glistening shard of glass. As a result, Dollar Bay has won numerous housing and architectural awards. These include: The Best New Iconic Scheme, and The Mayors award for Environmental Excellence, at the London Planning Awards in 2018.


Construction timeline

  • After a lengthy planning application process — and an appeal to the Mayor for review — initial planning permission was granted by the London Mayor in March 2012.
  • Construction began on the Dollar Bay development in 2014.
  • As a relatively small one-building development, progress was swift, with the building topping out in early 2016.
  • Construction and final landscaping were completed in mid 2017.
  • The penthouse and cafe remain vacant as of 2021.

The location

Located in a slightly more unusual area — Dollar Bay is further east than the majority of new developments constructed on the Isle of Dogs in recent years.

This Mount Anvil development is one of two buildings that bookend the eastern and western extremities of South Dock. Dollar Bay at the eastern head, and Landmark Pinnacle framing the western end.

This easterly location — by the Thames inlet — offers excellent and unobstructed views west towards Canary Wharf. Looking east, Dollar Bay provides views of the O2 Arena and North Greenwich.

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Dollar bay viewed from the Wood Wharf area.

At the time of construction in 2018, Dollar Bay stood alone as the only tall tower in the immediate vicinity. However, with the development of Wood Wharf to the immediate north west, this sleek building actually finds itself in an excellent position to take advantage of the surrounding regeneration.

Why is the development named Dollar Bay?

The developers chose to name the building Dollar Bay after the road it is named on — Dollar Bay Place. The naming of this road refers back to the areas rich docklands history, in particular the role the area played in World War 2.

The story goes:

This patch of the West India docks acquired the nickname of Dollar Bay during WW2 when local dock workers would help US Navy boats based here in the war. It’s said that the American sailors dropped dollar bills from the deck down to the English boats below in gratitude

Ian Visits – Dollar Bay

How to get to Dollar Bay

By Car

Situated at the end of the dock, close to the A1206, Dollar Bay is slightly easier to access by car than a lot of the developments further into the Isle of Dogs.

Using the DLR

The closest DLR station is South Quay, a short 5-10 minutes walk southwest.

Via the Tube

As of 2020 and the opening of Wood Wharf, access to Canary Wharf — and its Jubilee line station — improved significantly.

The quickest way to reach the tube station is to exit Dollar Bay and walk east, across the pedestrian side of Blue Bridge (A1206) walking through the new development‘s site. This takes under 10 minutes.

Does Dollar Bay have parking?

driving to canary wharf underground parking

Yes. It has two car lifts leading to underground parking, but there are 30 spaces for 125 apartments, so limited is probably the right word here!


Dollar Bay’s amenities

dollar bay mount anvil bike storage and private garden area

Dollar Bay has a residents lounge and a small gym, which is located on the west side of the building providing unobstructed views across the dock.

There is also bike storage, and a reception area

dollar bay mount anvil private garden area

The trade-off for a smaller standalone building is less amenities, however Dollar Bay’s slender footprint has been utilised to create space for a private residents garden at the rear.

While limited in grass, this private residents garden has table tennis tables and the shrubbery has grown nicely. Mount Anvil commission urban design experts Spacehub to mastermind this residents space.

The area is compact, but it does look an inviting place to get some fresh air and the tall fencing and planting manages to provide a secluded feeling.


Advantages of Dollar Bay

It is undoubtable a stunning building designed by renowned architects Simpson Haugh, the same architects developing Battersea power station and One Blackfriars. Unsurprisingly, Dollar Bay was nominated for a whole host of architectural awards.

Dollar bay sketch design by Spacehub
Preliminary sketches of Dollar Bay’s plot layout by Spacehub

There has been a lot of thought put into the development to maximise the potential from its location and small plot. Dollar Bay unusually curves outwards from the foundations, to have a smaller footprint and free up more space on the plot for the residence garden area behind.

The apartments themselves are generously sized, and all come with huge amounts of light courtesy of fully glazed floor to ceiling wintergardens.

A great benefit of Dollar Bay is the assurance of your views.

While the relentless development in the Canary Wharf area makes the location an exciting place to live — views and hence the preferred aspects frequently change. You may pay a premium for a new apartment with great views, on the right side of the building, only to find out that 18 months in there is a new development approved right next door — obscuring the very same view you paid a premium for!

This is not going to happen to the residents of Dollar Bay. For those on the west side of the building, they have unobstructed views across the South Dock and Wood Wharf.

Dollar bay mount anvil view across south dock towards Landmark Pinnacle
Views across South Dock

For those on the eastern side, there is also little room for any large additional development, so views of the o2 Arena and North Greenwich are secured.

Dollar Bay’s architects SimpsonHaugh placed a large emphases on sustainable construction practises alongside environmentally friendly design features.

Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 was achieved through features such as the winter gardens, which act as a thermal buffer zone to the fully glazed building. Comfort cooling uses water from the dock, offering both cost and carbon savings when compared to traditional technologies

SimpsonHaugh — Architecture Today

The buildings design, with a core of apartments facing east and west fronted by glass wintergardens on each aspect, provides a thermal buffer to improve energy efficiency.

It also utilises its waterfront position to great effect, piping in water from the dock directly. This makes it the first building in london to utilise water from the Thames to provide cooling.

The result of Dollar Bay’s careful design could potentially save nearly 40% on energy costs and is 23% more carbon efficient than similar new developments according to the architects enabling it to win the “Mayors award for environmental excellence” at the 2018 london planning awards.

Disadvantages of Dollar Bay

The private garden is a calm oasis in which to relax and unwind whilst the waterfront plays host to a bright, vibrant ground floor cafe.

Mount Anvil Developments

In reality the vibrant ground floor cafe has sat undeveloped since completion, and the aforementioned garden area is well designed but small in comparison to nearby developments advertising private landscaping, such as 10 Park Drive.

Dollar Bay finds itself in a difficult compromise. Mount Anvil are marketing this as an ultra-premium development, with prices to match. However Dollar Bay is lacking the pool, spa, business lounges, cinemas, roof terraces etc offered by a lot of the larger developments such as The Wardian further west along the dock.

Undoubtably it is harder to fit all the additional amenities in a smaller single building development. However, Dollar Bays nearest neighbouring new development The Madison achieves a much wider range of facilities.

The Madison is also a single building development in a constrained 0.90 acre plot, but manages to offer significantly more amenities.

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Nearby tower — The Madison — offers a wealth of amenities not on offer at Dollar Bay.

The design of this building has obviously come at a considerable cost.

Property in E14 postcodes — especially the Canary Wharf area — is never going to be considered cheap, but the price point of this building is above average for many new developments — placing it right at the ultra-premium end of the Canary Wharf market.

At the time of writing a mid-height, average two bedroom flat for sale in Dollar Bay on Zoopla, is close to £1million. This in itself is on the higher end of the price scale but nothing particularly remarkable for some of the newer developments in the area. Yet, Dollar Bay combines this initial price point with some of the highest service charges around, at roughly £6.70 per square foot.

With the development of Wood Wharf next door, Dollar Bay is competing in a similar price bracket to the Canary Wharf Groups properties. These properties — such as 10 Park Drive and One Park Drive — have better access to Canary Wharf’s transport options, and provide significantly more facilities.

  • Cinema
  • Bar or dining rooms
  • Business centre
  • Swimming pool

Summary

Dollar Bay offers and interesting proposition, that differs significantly from many other large Isle of Dogs developments. It’s smaller form will certainly appeal to some buyers.

Like Landmark Pinnacle — at the other end of South Dock — the end of dock location provides unrestricted views across the water. Dollar Bay finds itself almost tucked away on its own, in a quieter part of Canary Wharf, yet still very accessible. The private landscaping is small but shielded, and offers a secluded retreat.

Mount Anvil have created a building with an air of exclusivity, having a small footprint and limited number of flats. However, Dollar Bay comes at an interesting price point, and a lack of any tangible facilities to show for its expensive service charge.

When the development originally opened in 2018 it felt cut off — with Wood Wharf’s construction providing a barrier to access Canary Wharf. But as the latest expansion of the Canary Wharf estate develops, and brings with it a wealth of new restaurants, shops and bars, Dollar Bay might shortly find itself in one of the most desirable positions of any of the newer developments not located on the private Canary Wharf estate itself.

Simpson Haugh have produced another beautifully designed building, and while many new developments fade as the shine wears off the new facilities — Dollar Bay looks like it has the potential to increase in desirability as the surrounding area matures.