Thursday 30 April 2015 – Media Release

A Glimpse Of The Station Of The Future As Crossrail Place Opens At Canary Wharf

  • Crossrail Place, a distinctive seven storey structure designed by Foster & Partner opens at Canary Wharf
  • The design evokes an old clipper, inspired by Canary Wharf’s maritime heritage and contains a large, exotic roof garden containing plants that originate from historic trading destinations
  • The building will become a major new leisure destination for London and includes a cinema, restaurants and fitness facilities
  • The opening represents the first public realm benefit to result from the Crossrail network, which will start running in 2018

Crossrail Place, a distinctive seven storey structure designed by Foster & Partners, opens to the public on 1 May 2015 at Canary Wharf, London. The practice has created a unique design with a striking and intricate latticed timber roof, which sits in North Dock at Canary Wharf. The design has been inspired by an old clipper that would have used the dock in its maritime heyday.

The building, delivered by Canary Wharf Group, will house the concourses, platforms and ticket halls for the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station, when trains start running in 2018. The public can visit Crossrail Place now, as the levels above the platforms are home to a major new leisure destination, including a cinema, restaurants and fitness facilities. The top level contains a new public space for London in the form of a stunning exotic roof garden.

Crossrail Place is fully let, with exciting brands signed up for all of the leisure and restaurant spaces. It will be home to a diverse range of restaurant and leisure offerings. Many of the brands are well known names that have chosen Canary Wharf for their first outlets in east London, Everyman Cinemas and Bespoke Cycling are two such examples. In addition, a number of the new retailers are independent names or very small chains, helping to create an even more interesting offer at Canary Wharf.

Speaking about the opening of Crossrail Place, Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group commented; “The opening of Crossrail Place is a defining moment for Canary Wharf – the area is constantly evolving providing a diverse range of options, addressing the increasing demand for social and leisure facilities. This is only the beginning of an extraordinary development.  With the arrival of Crossrail and the recent launch of Canary Wharf Residential, we will be able to offer our local residents on the Estate and nearby a vibrant, social, cultural and sustainable community in which people aspire to live, work and relax.”

Talking about the design of Crossrail Place, Lord Foster of Foster & Partners said; “Like Crossrail, one of the aims of the new roof garden is to connect London from east to west. It provides a welcoming public space between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf, demonstrating the role of infrastructure as the ‘urban glue’ that binds a city together.”

In addition to the retail and leisure offer, one of the key features of Crossrail Place is the cleverly designed roof garden which references both the history and geography of Canary Wharf. Designed by Gillespies, the roof garden draws on the area’s heritage as a trading hub. Many of the plants are native to countries visited by ships of the West India Dock Company, which unloaded their wares where the station now sits.

Crossrail Place sits almost exactly on the Meridian line and these plants are arranged according to which hemisphere they are from, with Asian plants such as bamboos to the east, and plants such as ferns from the Americas to the west.

Commenting on the roof garden, Stephen Richards of Gillespies said: The opportunity to create such a large garden in what will become a new destination for London was both a privilege and a challenge. The design of the garden responds to the architectural language of the roof in the creation of a unique and sheltered planting environment. It will offer visitors a totally new vantage point from which to look out across the water and the surrounding area.

Crossrail Place opens to the public on Friday 1 May. The roof garden will be open from dawn until dusk and booking is not required. The shops and restaurants will open in phases with the first ten opening from Friday. More details are available on the Canary Wharf Group website: www.canarywharf.com/eating-drinking

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For further information, please contact:

Ajay Teli:
Canary Wharf Group
T: +44 / (0)207 418 2326
E: ajay.teli@canarywharf.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT CANARY WHARF GROUP PLC

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past two decades, Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16.4m sq ft of office space. These buildings are now occupied by over 105,000 people. The company has an exciting development pipeline of over 11m sq ft of office, residential and retail space which is one of the largest of any London based developer.

Canary Wharf Group’s tenants include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. The Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to many of Britain’s leading brands. In March 2013, the Group launched its Level39 initiative to attract fintech and smart cities start-ups to Canary Wharf. Level39 is now home to over 160 start-up companies in 80,000 sq ft across three floors at One Canada Square.

The Group’s world-class, year-round arts and events programme offers over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate. Winner of the 2010 Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, Canary Wharf Group showcases over 65 pieces of permanent art throughout the Estate, designed and created by more than 50 artists and craftsmen. A regular exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park further adds to the Estate’s comprehensive cultural and creative offering.

In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and the 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) development in the City of London was completed in late 2014 and is already nearly fully let. The Group is also in a joint venture to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.

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