Work finished this week on the redevelopment of Cartier Circle, a spectacular landscaped entrance at the East End of Canary Wharf.

Work finished this week on the redevelopment of Cartier Circle, a spectacular landscaped entrance at the East End of Canary Wharf.

Cartier Circle adds to the growing number of green spaces in the area, helping to attract birds and insects and assist environmental regeneration of the Docklands. It forms part of a ‘spine’ of green spaces running through Canary Wharf, including Canada Square, Jubilee and Westferry Circus Parks.

“The Cartier Circle design welcomes visitors, heralding their arrival at Canary Wharf,” says Guy Dare, Design Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG).

“The focal point of the design is 17 sculptured bronze posts up to 13 metres high.

“The outsides of the sculptured posts have a reflective quality that catch the daylight and subtly change with the weather. At night the columns are lit, creating a beautiful, jewel-like constellation,” says Dare.

The design also includes a series of curved terraces, boxed hedging and granite paving in the central island.

Evergreen oak trees form an enclosure on the outside of the Circle, and new trees have also been planted in the median strip in the middle of Churchill Place.

The eastern end of Canary Wharf is developing rapidly. New office buildings recently opened for State Street and KPMG, bringing hundreds of new workers to the area on a daily basis, while the new Churchill Place retail development includes the Barclays Premier bank branch and popular new bars and restaurants Jamie’s Italian and Rocket. Rocket’s terrace offers perhaps the best views of Cartier Circle.

The redevelopment of Cartier Circle was undertaken by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CWG.

Canary Wharf Group’s environmental initiatives include:

One of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs covered in Sedum moss and other plant life. This reduces energy use and encourages biodiversity.

20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways. There are over 1,000 trees and many more shrubs and flower plantings.

A minimum BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) target of ‘excellent’ on all new buildings.

Collaborative schemes to encourage recycling – the Estate aims to recycle or compost 70% of general waste by 2015.

Maximising the use of waterways to transport construction materials, reducing road congestion and noise and air pollution.

Investment in public transport initiatives including Crossrail, which began construction at Canary Wharf on 15 May 2009.

Encouraging staff and companies to turn off unnecessary lights at night and over holiday weekends.

10 Facts about Canary Wharf

1.Over 20 years Canary Wharf Group plc has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts

2.Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, the population is projected to double by 2025

3.Seven new bars and restaurants have opened at Canary Wharf in the past year, creating more than 400 jobs

4.There are more than 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Recent openings include Levi Strauss and Charles Tyrwhitt. Tiffany & Co., the world’s premier diamond jeweller, opens later this year

5.There are over 60 pieces of art on public display

6.8,400 residents from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets work at Canary Wharf

7.In May 2009 Canary Wharf Crossrail Station became the first on the Crossrail project to begin construction. Once complete it will double the capacity of the Jubilee Line, taking people to Heathrow in 44 minutes and Liverpool Street in seven minutes.

8.Canary Wharf Group plc is one of the Sunday Times Best 60 Green Companies in Britain.

9.20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways

10.Companies to have recently expanded at Canary Wharf include KPMG, State Street, Fitch Ratings, MasterCard and Crossrail Limited.

For more information contact:

Hamish McDougall, Canary Wharf Group
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7 418 2326 or +44 (0) 7779 888 075