MEDIA RELEASE 23 April 2012

Pedestrian Diversion Put in Place at Riverside South

A walkway next to the Thames on the Riverside South construction site is being closed to the public from 30 April 2012 until the end of 2013. A pedestrian diversion is being put in place around the site.

Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, which is undertaking works on behalf of site owners J.P. Morgan, is closing the walkway for works to strengthen the river wall. This involves extensive piling and reinforcements to protect the site against ship impacts and flooding. It will be unsafe to allow public access during these works.

Recent improvements to the adjacent Heron Quays roundabout and Westferry Road make the pedestrian diversion both quicker and safer than that which was in place during a previous closure.

The walkway was temporarily opened by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited and J.P. Morgan in March 2011, when they promised it would be kept open until at least September 2011.

“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the diversion, while these necessary works take place” said Howard Dawber, spokesperson for Canary Wharf Group.

“We are pleased to have kept the walkway open for over a year. Now it is closing again we will endeavour to complete works as soon as possible. When complete, we think people will be very pleased with the improvements to the area, which will provide river side pedestrian access and green space for local people to enjoy for many generations to come.”

J.P. Morgan acquired the Riverside South site from Canary Wharf Group plc in November 2008. In January 2010 it agreed to restart construction on the site up to ground level, while separately acquiring and moving its European investment bank headquarters to 25 Bank Street, also at Canary Wharf.


For further information, please contact:

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075


About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) 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 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.
Canary Wharf’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 Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
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. CWG 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 (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.