Meridian Gate development gains planning

WSP, the global professional services consultancy, has been instrumental in helping clients Meridian Property Holdings and LBS Properties achieve planning permission for the new Meridian Gate tower scheme.

The development, which was approved by Tower Hamlets council at the end of January, is a 53-storey, mixed-use tower on the Isle of Dogs in East London.

Tower Hamlets described the scheme in their planning committee report as “an elegant tower which makes a positive contribution to the skyline.” The highly sustainable scheme, devised by Make Architects for LBS Properties and Meridian Property Holdings, will provide over 400 private and affordable homes.

WSP has been involved in the project since the very early stages and worked closely with the design team to develop a structural concept that complimented the ambitious architectural intent. Client aspirations for sustainable solutions, floor plate area maximisation and cost effective construction were met by delivering a highly optimised concrete structure, fully integrated with the building services.

WSP also provided geotechnical, transportation and civil engineering services to the scheme.

The slender form enables 70% of the site to be dedicated to new public realm providing access to a cafe, public gardens and a children’s playground. WSP, which was the structural engineer for the Shard, is currently working on a number of ‘slender skyscrapers’ across the globe, most notably 432 Park Avenue and 111 West 57TH Street in New York. A list of WSP high-rise projects can be found here.

Davide Mantegazza, WSP associate director for structures, said:

“It’s exciting to contribute to such a fantastic project that will give Marsh Wall a magnificent green space and will depict an exceptional addition to the Canary Wharf skyline. We are proud to be part of a project where new ideas are merging with the consolidated WSP experience in high-rise design.”