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London’s Canary Wharf to Get U.K.’s Tallest Residential Tower

Herstmere Residential Tower
The Herstmere residential tower stands, left, in the Canary Wharf business and shopping district in London, U.K., in this undated handout illustration. Source: Squire Architects via Bloomberg

A London developer plans to build the U.K.’s tallest residential skyscraper on a site in the city’s Canary Wharf.

Ryan Corporation U.K. Ltd. bought the building site for 100 million pounds ($160 million), the closely held company said today in an e-mailed statement. The 242-meter (794-foot) high building would be the tallest in London’s second-largest financial district and the apartments would have a total value of more than 1 billion pounds when it opens in 2018.

Luxury homes in central London have been the best-performing part of the U.K. property market since at least 2009. Prime residences in the U.K. capital have risen more than 60 percent from their low that year, according to broker Knight Frank LLP.

“Londoners are used to office buildings going up and coming down every 20 years or so,” Richard Berridge, chief operating officer of Ryan Corporation, said in the statement. “This doesn’t happen with residential towers” as they need to be “more enduring,” he said.

Ryan has planning permission for a mixed-use development on the site of about an acre, according to the statement. Ryan will apply to the local government for permission to build the residential tower, named Herstmere, at West India Dock Quay.

Berkeley Group Holdings Plc’s tower at One St. George Wharf is currently the U.K.’s tallest residential tower at 181 meters, according to Knight Frank. While apartments in London’s Shard skyscraper are higher, the building consists mainly of offices, a hotel and restaurants.

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