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Canary Wharf dreams of its own Eden

Canary Wharf Group has announced a partnership with the charity behind the Eden Project in Cornwall to improve the estate’s public realm and waterways.

The start of the tie up will see Canary Wharf Group and the Eden Project – which will make Canary Wharf its new London home – develop a “green spine” running through the center of the estate, comprising new parks,  gardens, bridges, boardwalks and floating pontoons.

Shobi Khan, the chief executive of Canary Wharf Group, said “Canary Wharf Group has always worked hard when it comes to greening the estate and focusing on sustainability. The group has bought all of its electricity from renewable sources for a decade now and has no waste to landfill since 2009”.

The new plans are ambitious. Khan hopes to have construction underway later this year and for the ’spine’ to be open by the time the estate launches its Winter Lights display.

There is more to come. Phase two will be South Dock, where the group wants to create a boardwalk giving access to kayaking and other activities.

I think these plans are very exciting and can only add to the appeal of living in Canary Wharf, impacting positively on all local residents, not solely those occupying the new developments in and around the Canary Wharf Estate.