Monday 6 October 2014 – Media Release
Sukkot comes to Canary Wharf
Between 13th and 15th October, in celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, Canary Wharf Group plc will be hosting buffet luncheons for members of the local Jewish community. These will take place at the ‘Sukkah’ or Tabernacle, specially constructed for the duration of the festival in the heart of the Canary Wharf Estate, in Montgomery Square.
Designed specifically for the setting by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the Sukkah will have a striking exterior with wooden latticing and an intimate interior dining area. The structure is intended to be reminiscent of the fragile dwellings which the Israelites used during the forty years they wandered in the desert, depending on temporary shelter and protection from God.
The Sukkah will bring together London’s Jewish community during this important celebration in the Jewish calendar, within a unique setting. The Sukkah will host three lunches for members of local Jewish groups and employees working on the Wharf. These will be sponsored by Canary Wharf Group, BGC partners and Clifford Chance respectively.
Danny Seliger of Canary Wharf Group plc, said ‘We are delighted for the Sukkah to be coming to Canary Wharf and are looking forward to the opportunity to welcome members of the local community in celebration of this Jewish festival.’
The festival of Sukkot is a biblical Jewish holiday which reflects on the shelter of the Israelites in the desert. Throughout Sukkot, meals are traditionally eaten inside the Sukkah. It is an important time for reflection and one of the major events in the Jewish calendar.
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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 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are now occupied by over 100,000 people.
Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.
In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is also involved with projects across London. The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and construction continues on 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London which is already 87% let. The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.