Over the past two decades, Canary Wharf Group has crafted the original smart city at Canary Wharf, designing services and systems into the fabric of the infrastructure and built environment to ensure their resilience, security and effectiveness. We have constructed 16.4m sq ft of superior office, retail and leisure space, creating an instantly recognisable inner London skyline of 35 buildings and attracting high quality, global tenants. The company’s original masterplan for Canary Wharf was finished in 2014 with the completion of the office building at 25 Churchill Place.
In preparation for the next phase of Canary Wharf, we decided back in 2012 to create a world-leading community comprised of the companies of the future at Level39. As they have arrived, these startups have joined a wealth of existing, mature technology companies across Canary Wharf including IBM, Intel, Infosys, Oracle and SunGard, Thomson Reuters and First Data.
Level39 has been at the heart of this journey, establishing its position as the most connected technology community in the UK, the largest fintech hub in Europe and the largest concentration of cyber start-ups in London. Since its launch in 2013, Level39 has grown from a simple idea into a three-floor, 80,000 sq. ft. community space occupying the 39th, 24th and 42nd floors of One Canada Square.
Level39’s community of ambitious entrepreneurs is driving innovation and new ways of working across sectors that will unlock the global productivity challenge. A deep pool of cybersecurity start-ups provides unique insights into how Britain can become world-class in the cybersecurity industry.
Driving productivity and security in UK business, Level39 and its members are also articulating a new set of values to regain trust in financial services and commit to social impact across the country. Located in the heart of Canary Wharf, and owned wholly by Canary Wharf Group, Level39 is a beacon for London’s financial centre to engage with the technology community and accelerate its growth.
Through Level39’s influence the ratio of financial and non-financial services tenants at Canary Wharf has switched from 70:30 ten years ago, to 55:45 today. 7,000 tech professionals now work full-time at Canary Wharf, the beating heart of this community being based at Level39.
Creating a space that houses the frontline of British business is what Canary Wharf has always set out to achieve. From one of the world’s busiest docks to the financial district built in the early 1990s. Canary Wharf Group has been at the heart of London’s business reinvention and intends to do so again with facilities, connections and offices designed for fast-growth tech firms, scaling digital businesses and innovative global corporates.