Planning consent secured for Canary Wharf life sciences building

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) and Kadans Science Partner have secured planning approval from Tower Hamlets Council for the development of a commercial health and life sciences building at the North Quay site.

The 23-storey 823,000 sq ft tower — adjacent to the Crossrail and new Elizabeth line stations at Canary Wharf — aims to set a new benchmark in the development of life sciences laboratories and workspace, creating a vertical campus which will be Europe’s largest and most technologically advanced life sciences facility.

Enabling works on the 3.3-hectare site are already underway and the building — designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates — is anticipated to complete in 2027.

A low-carbon strategy has been implemented across the development, which includes highly insulated and airtight building fabric, with an optimized façade, energy efficient MEP systems and the provision of renewable sources, and highly efficient photo voltaic panels.  

The vertical campus provides enhanced fresh air, power, data and ceiling heights, in comparison to a traditional commercial lab building. 

CWG and Kadans have also recently completed a wet lab innovation and flexible workspace centre at 20 Water Street, delivering 40,000 sq ft of fully fitted and flexible wet-labs, geared towards early-stage life science companies.

Shobi Khan, CEO at CWG, commented: “We have been working in tandem to nurture and grow our current life sciences community and have built real momentum this year, through leasing success and working with our partners Kadans to develop bespoke and innovative new facilities.

“The next chapter in the evolution of Canary Wharf is well underway with the next generation of health and life science companies set to become a significant presence in our sustainable, mixed-use environment.”

Michel Leemhuis, CEO at Kadans, added: “In addition to its scale, location and technology, this building sets a new benchmark in its field for sustainability, capitalizing on our previous experience and lessons learned, while engaging industry working groups to ensuring we are delivering a facility tailor-made to industry requirements.

“With planning consent secured, we are looking forward to continuing the progress we are making.”

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