Sky-rise hotel in Limehouse next to DLR finally gets the green light

New scheme on the block... go-ahead for hotel in Limehouse on approach to Canary Wharf and Isle of D

New scheme on the block... go-ahead for hotel in Limehouse on approach to Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs. Picture source: Rockwell developers - Credit: Rockwell

A new hotel and residential tower complex in Limehouse has finally been given the go-ahead after designers had to go back to the drawing board.

Computer image of what hotel and apartment complex next to Westferry DLR will look like. Picture sou

Computer image of what hotel and apartment complex next to Westferry DLR will look like. Picture source: Rockwell developers - Credit: Rockwell

The height of the 30-storey main tower now agreed by Tower Hamlets Council for the site next to Westferry DLR station has been modified from a scheme rejected last year.

Last night’s strategic development committee passed the application with its modification following public consultations earlier this year.

The site in West India Dock Road, on the approach to Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, has been derelict for a decade, but first had planning permission for a tower block back in 2010.

Rockwell developers which later bought the site decided not to go ahead with the original scheme and applied instead for planning consent for their own tower block design, but failed to get it passed.

Sorry sight... new hotel on land that's been derelict for 10 years to go ahead in 2019. Picture sour

Sorry sight... new hotel on land that's been derelict for 10 years to go ahead in 2019. Picture source: Google - Credit: Google


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The new modified plans agreed last night include a 400-room hotel with restaurant, café, bar, 66 flats and half-an-acre of gardens with an urban arboretum and children’s play area.

Rockwell’s founder Donal Mulryan said: “Our vision is breathing new life into a neglected site that has been derelict for years.”

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His company is putting up £7 million in planning and infrastructure levy for area improvements. Construction is due to start next summer.

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