Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is ramping up plans to help the local community and Canary Wharf workers celebrate London 2012

Plans are being drawn up to add to Canary Wharf’s burgeoning arts and events programme including the use of the Wood Wharf area immediately east of the Estate to host events for the local residential and working community.

CWG is in early discussions with Tower Hamlets Council and Wood Wharf Partnership to use space at Wood Wharf, which includes around 150,000 square feet of waterside property, much of which is currently empty warehouses and cleared sites. This would be in addition to using existing event venues on the Canary Wharf Estate, including Canada Square Park and the East Wintergarden, which will be in hot demand during the Olympic period.

CWG welcomes views from the local community and businesses on events that could potentially be held in the area.

Katy Doggett, Special Projects Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc, said “We’re looking at ways that we can help Canary Wharf workers and the local community celebrate London 2012. We’ll be holding an impressive array of performing arts and events on the Canary Wharf Estate in 2012 and we’re also planning to include the Wood Wharf space in this effort.”

“We’re speaking to some of the best organisations from London and around the world to bring them and their events to the Olympic heartland during 2012. Watch this space,” she said.

Canary Wharf is within 9-16 minutes travel of four Olympic venues at ExCeL, the North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park and the Olympic Park itself. It is 15 minutes from the West End and the City of London via London Underground or DLR.

CWG currently organises over 100 performing arts and events per year, including top-quality music concerts, sporting events, car shows, dance performances and art exhibitions, many of which are free to attend.

British Waterways recently unveiled plans to market berths for super yachts and large vessels up to 165m in length in the docks around Canary Wharf.

The German National Olympic Committee and its sponsors are going to be based in the Museum of London Docklands, which is immediately to the north of Canary Wharf at West India Quay.

The London Olympic Organising Committee, the Olympic Delivery Authority and Prestige Ticketing, the official hospitality ticket provider for London 2012, are all based at Canary Wharf.