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Canary Wharf Group and Kadans submit plans for 23-storey life sciences hub

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) and Kadans Science Partner have submitted a planning application for a 23-storey commercial health and life sciences hub in Canary Wharf, London.

An outline planning consent has been secured for the wider scheme, which will sit on 3.5 hectares of undeveloped land adjacent to the newly opened Elizabeth Line stop. 

Once complete, up to 60% of the 823,000 sq ft space will consist of laboratories — including chemistry and high-containment facilities — with plans to provide laboratory space on every floor. 

To maximise flexibility, the tower was designed with efficient floor plates to accommodate a range of tenant sizes and sectors, and to allow businesses to expand on site. 

The building also incorporates dedicated clinical and chemical waste facilities, multiple goods lifts with oxygen monitors, freezer farms and specialised receiving and storage areas for hazardous, clinical and chemical goods.

Plans for the building include several sustainability and low-carbon features, including highly insulated and airtight building fabric, energy-efficient MEP systems, and photovoltaic panels. 

In line with its target of achieving an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, the tower will also feature an all-electric heating and cooling strategy to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. 

Other amenities include community spaces, a café, and a sky lounge and terrace on the top floor. 

Shobi Khan, CEO at CWG, said: “We have been developing our vision for a world-class life sciences hub at Canary Wharf since 2019, and this is a significant milestone in our journey. 

“This project will continue the transformation of Canary Wharf, providing a sustainable, mixed-use environment for the next generation of life science offices.”

Michel Leemhuis, CEO at Kadans Science Partner, added: “Kadans prides itself on being a leading contributor to the evolution of the life sciences sector and this impressive new building at North Quay is a great example of how we are driving the development of innovative state-of-the-art lab buildings.

“By capitalizing on our previous experience and using lessons learned, we are able to make a significant step forward in the development of life science buildings. 

“It marks a step change in the way ecosystems for knowledge-intensive businesses are designed and developed.”

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