Thursday 5 September 2013 – Media Release
Canary Wharf Opens Up for Open House London
Canary Wharf Group is providing Londoners with rare insight into the past, present and future of one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts on Saturday 21 September, as part of Open House London.
The construction and property Group, owner and developer of Canary Wharf, is hosting public tours of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station construction site, the Level39 technology accelerator space at One Canada Square and the award-winning Public Art Collection throughout Canary Wharf.
Open House provides a unique opportunity to get under the skin of London’s amazing and varied architecture, with over 800 locations opening their doors for behind-the-scenes tours.
Canary Wharf Crossrail Station is part of the 118km-long east-west London rail link; Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Visitors will be guided 28 metres below the surface of the dock water for a preview of the newly completed ticket hall and the under construction platforms, where over 32,000 people will pour through every peak morning period once trains run in 2018. The tour will also look at the 115,000 sq ft retail development and roof garden that the Group is building above the Station. No booking is required for tours, but they will be allocated on a first come basis and ID will be requested. Seehttp://events.londonopenhouse.org/building/18592 for further information.
The tour of Level39 will provide Open House guests with a first-hand look at Europe’s largest accelerator space for financial, retail and future city technologies. Occupying the entire 39th floor of Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square, Level39 is a sophisticated office and event space, designed for growing businesses to create, test, market and deliver world-class technology products and services. The floor also boasts spectacular views across the capital. Pre-booking is ESSENTIAL at firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of preferred time.
The Public Art Collection at Canary Wharf is one of the UK’s largest and provides free year-round visual art exhibitions by leading artists. As part of Open House, visitors will be guided by the Canary Wharf Group’s curator around the collection, which now numbers over 65 works including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works from Ron Arad, Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane, Wendy Ramshaw and many more. Tours will be allocated on a first come basis, meeting at One Canada Square at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm.
A free illustrated Art Map is available for self-guided tours for all Open House visitors. The Art Map can be collected from the Lobby of One Canada Square, where visitors can also enjoy Bronze sculpture from the ‘Ingram Collection’ exhibition (16 September – 15 November). This exhibition features works by some of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century loaned from the private collection of Chris Ingram.
Howard Dawber, Strategic Advisor at Canary Wharf said “Open House London is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to enjoy a behind the scenes tour of buildings otherwise closed to the public. This September, we are showcasing the regeneration of a previously derelict part of central London. It is also a chance to show how the area attracts the best artistic and cultural minds, as well as commercial ones, and the far-reaching benefits that Crossrail will bring.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including including Sir Anthony Caro, Edward Allington and Eilis O’Connell.
Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme
Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.
In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.
Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 65 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.
The ‘Sculpture at Work’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions.
Curated by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, including Lynn Chadwick, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham, Franz West and Wendy Taylor CBE. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and David Nash; and many younger artists have shown their work here at the start of their careers.
At 29,000 square feet, Level39 is Europe’s largest accelerator space for businesses innovating in financial, retail and future city technologies. It helps growing businesses to deliver world-class financial technology products and services through unrivalled access to office, event and social facilities, new customers, partners, talent, investment, ideas and social and cultural amenities provided by Canary Wharf.
Level39’s layout has been designed in ‘tech industry’ style by architects Gensler, who have worked on some of the world’s most exciting workspaces including offices for Facebook and Google. Since beginning fit-out in October the space has been transformed to include: An exclusive set of ‘sandboxes’ – think spaces which will enable accelerator programmes, software engineers and builders of financial services platforms to refine, test and showcase transformative technologies in a safe, ring-fenced environment
A growth-phase zone for businesses experiencing rapid expansion, making it easier to meet potential clients and partners, investors, mentors and other entrepreneurs. This includes an open plan kitchen with an iPad-powered coffee machine.
Drop in space, hot and fixed desks available for hire.
A new 200 seat event space to host regular industry events and demonstration days, with some of London’s best views
A modern reception area visually reflecting the technological innovation taking place at Canary Wharf and further afield, leading to a future ‘Technology Tunnel’ designed to showcase new IT products and services in an interactive way.
An express elevator with Level39 as the first stop
The Level39 Business Club Lounge, which will host a membership-style club attracting leading industry figures and investors
Semi-open and open-plan office areas to service the needs of early-stage and growth phase businesses
Prices for use of Level39 are subsidised by Canary Wharf Group and set at achievable levels for small companies. For more information visit:
www.level39.co/ Twitter: @Level39CW