For what it's worth
At last, a life after dark for Canary Wharf, in London's Docklands, is on the horizon. Manhattan Loft Corporation in partnership with the newly formed West India Quay Ltd, has just been given the go-ahead to develop West India Quay: "Very small compared with Canary Wharf, but in terms of impact it will be enormous," says Harry Handelsman, chairman of Manhattan.
Five desolate but remarkable Grade I listed warehouses along the waterfront will be turned into 100 apartments, with shops and restaurants on the ground floor. Architects will have to plan around the wooden beam and pillars inside and the elaborate exterior ironwork. The three remaining warehouses have already been earmarked for the Docklands museum.
At the back there are plans for a multiplex cinema and car park and, alongside, a 30-storey tower in the shape of a sail. Heritage Afloat is working on ideas for a permanent use of historic boats.Reuse content