London Docklands green scheme to see waterside park and ecology walks

World-famous landscape architect Martha Schwartz is spearheading a £2bn green scheme in London's Docklands centred on "eco-islands" and nature walks.

The development, billed as one of London's largest and most ambitious waterside projects, went in for outline planning permission last week. Schwartz is working on a 7ha design that will include a waterside community park, a new canal, waterfront boardwalks, ecology walks and moorings.

The landscape for Wood Wharf will wrap around buildings by Lord Roger's architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and bridges will link a series of eco-islands.

They will stand next to Canary Wharf, side by side with homes and offices, continuing the area's growth as "one of Europe's premier financial and business districts".

Wood Wharf Limited Partnership is a joint venture between British Waterways, Ballymore Properties and Canary Wharf Group.

Executive project director David Tomlin said buildings would vary in height and use the latest in eco-technology including green roofs and dock-water cooling systems.

"There will a series of eco-islands and nature walks right on the doorstep of London's newest business district," Tomlin explained.

Jason Larkin, executive director of planning, said: "This will be one of the UK's largest mixed-use developments. Our vision is to create a new world-class business and residential urban quarter within an exciting waterside setting."

London Borough of Tower Hamlets is handling the planning application. Proposed building dates have not been disclosed.

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