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Berkeley plans contender for UK's tallest resi block

Berkeley Homes is seeking planning permission for a residential tower in London’s docklands that would be the tallest in the UK if built.

The tower, which features 1,150 residential units, would rise to 250 m and include 80 storeys.

It is set to rise higher than a 75-storey mixed-use tower proposed at Westferry Road by Chalegrove Properties, which was unexpectedly deferred by planners last month.

The Berkeley tower would comprise entirely residential units above retail on the ground floor, with a roof garden or terrace proposed.

A total of 2,000 sq m of commercial space and 4,000 sq m of small-scale retail space would also be created.

Two other buildings are proposed as part of the South Quay Plaza development, which is estimated to take between eight and 10 years to complete.

One of these would rise 35 storeys, comprising ground floor retail with residential above, while the second would be a six-storey pavilion.

Existing buildings would also be refurbished, with ground floor parking converted into retail use.

The 1.4 ha site is currently occupied by South Quay Plaza, consisting of four buildings between three and 15 storeys tall, with most in office use.

The majority of the existing buildings on site are to be demolished, with one refurbished, while the project will also include a pedestrian footbridge on the dockside.

Berkeley is aiming to gain vacant possession of the site in 2014.

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