China’s Greenland to start on western Europe’s “tallest residential tower” in London

Chinese developer Greenland Group is preparing to start work on the tallest residential tower in western Europe, the 67-storey Spire London tower in London’s Docklands.

The $1.066bn (£800m) HOK-designed tower won planning in February and Greenland Group today launched its marketing drive for the project’s 861 apartments, of which 765 are for private sale.

According to UK magazine, Building, Arup is advising on construction, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is engineer and Aecom is project manager. The tender for a main contractor is being finalised.

Greenland said above-ground demolition works at the site on Hertsmere Road at West India Quay have been undertaken and that piling works for the tower should start in January.

The tower is scheduled to reach the halfway point in height during the summer of 2018, with build completion set for 2020.
It features gardens, a cinema, a spa and a bar, while new public realm will be created around the base of the tower.

Greenland says the striking design is inspired by the Docklands’ nautical history and by the orchid, a flower cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years.

Yuliang Zhang, chairman and president of Greenland Group said: "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."

Images via Greenland

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