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Sometimes known as ’the diamond tower’, Newfoundland Quay is a £250 million development commissioned by the Canary Wharf Group.
The 58-storey tower was designed by Mayfair based, Horden Cherry Lee architects (HCLA). The tower is one of the more interesting developments for numerous reasons, namely:
The tower is located at the end of Middle dock, and its prominent location can be seen directly in-front of the main exit of Canary Wharf Jubilee line station. Located on the private estate, Newfoundland tower stands alone among the financial centres buildings.
There is plenty of residential development across the Isle of Dogs — it is estimated nearly 200,000 people live within a mile of Canary Wharf. In addition, the Canary Wharf Group are diversifying from an office-based model, branching into their own residential offering with the creation of new estate Wood Wharf. However, Newfoundland is the first residential only building to be constructed on the original site of Canary Wharf’s financial estate.
Built for the Canary Wharf groups built to rent operator, Vertus, and opened in early 2021, Newfoundland forms the third building in the Vertus portfolio. The other two buildings — 10 George Street and 8 Water Street — are located on their residential estate Wood Wharf.
This article will look at the unique design and construction of the Newfoundland Quay, alongside an FAQ section covering everything from the amenities available to parking spaces.
Three problems with Newfoundlands desired location
Unlike some of the more interestingly shaped buildings in the Canary Wharf area, the interesting design at Newfoundland actually came about through necessity rather than architectural desire.
In a similar problem to the Water Pavilion buildings in Wood Wharf, the narrow plot for Newfoundland runs directly above the Jubilee line! While helping to transport thousands of workers a day to Canary Wharf — as London’s busiest single line tube station — the tunnels that run underneath the site posed a large problem in building foundations for the building.
The problem is that the tunnels for the Jubilee Line are perfectly aligned under the site. As they converge towards the station they create a ‘V-shape’ under our building, limiting our options for piling in the narrowing space between the tunnels.John Crack, Associate director of structural at Canary Wharf Contractors
This required the interesting design solution, as the pilings that usually make up large skyscrapers footings could not be evenly spread throughout the site. The structural engineer team WSP instead opted to place the 56 main pilings around the tunnels, with the majority located at either end of the site.
Because of this uneven foundation, the strong steel diagrid structure was utilised to balance the load of the skyscraper across the centre of the site — where deep pilings were not permitted. The closest foundation piles are located only 2 m away from the Jubilee line tunnels.
The unique shape of the structure is an octagon, with the steel exoskeleton supporting the octagonal core every 4 storeys. At the base of the building there is a three-storey annex that houses additional residents facilities, some of the buildings plant works, and a roof terrace providing residents views across Middle Dock.
While the location posed several challenges in construction, the benefits are clear. Newfoundland stands at the head of Middle Dock, with unobstructed views east across Canary Wharf.
At the moment, Newfoundland Quay also posses unobstructed views to the west across central London. This westerly aspect may eventually change with a 2 million square foot development scheme, secured for a JP Morgan owned site to the immediate west.
Aside from the views the site is also very well placed for multiple transport links.
There are 636 apartments in total, available to rent via Vertus. This total is made up of 632 standard apartments, ranging from studios through to 3-bedroom apartments, and 4 penthouse apartments located across the 62nd floor.
In addition, there are 3 extra guest suites — made available for guests of Vertus tenants who want to stay the night.
Construction began in 2016 with an original target completion date of 2019. Delays in construction due to the complexity of the foundations and negotiations with TFL (who own the tube tunnels underneath the structure), alongside supply chain issues throughout 2020 lead to the building slipping on its schedule.
There are a wealth of amenities available for tenants at Newfoundland. All the usual facilities now commonplace among luxury apartments are found in approximately 13,000 square ft of amenities:
In addition, there is a significant commercial aspect to this building — offering residents additional food and drink options. There are planned café and retail units at ground level, alongside an expansive restaurant with private and public dining areas and bar, spread across the first floor.
Yes. Underneath the building there is an expansive 3-storey basement. Here there are approximately 120 parking spaces.
If you are driving to Canary Wharf, access to the building by car is easiest via the west side via Westferry Road.
Many of the newly built skyscrapers in the area are named symbolically, after references to the areas rich docklands’ history:
There is a backstory behind the naming of Newfoundland Quay, but it’s unlikely to be turned into an award-winning film any time soon — it’s named after the discovery of a carpark!