HOK has received approval to construct what the firm rates as western Europe's tallest residential building. Due for location in London's West India Quay, next to Canary Wharf, Hertsmere House will rise to an impressive height of 789 ft (240 m).

Hertsmere House will be built on a plot currently occupied by a 1980s-era four-story office building somewhat confusingly also named Hertsmere House, which will be demolished to make way for the tower.

The 67-story skyscraper's design is inspired by flower petals and will feature 921 homes, around 150 of which will be designated as affordable. In addition, a further 60 affordable homes will also be constructed on a separate development in nearby Limehouse. The project will involve landscaping, including a dedicated children's play area, improved public realm, and winter gardens.

"We are delighted that Tower Hamlets have decided to share our ambition to deliver a landmark residential building at West India Quay," says Setareh Neshati, senior planning manager for Chinese state-owned developer Greenland Group.

"This is Greenland Group's most important project in Europe. As well as delivering 921 new homes for Londoners, including 156 affordable homes, our scheme will revitalize this part of Canary Wharf and create a new prosperous environment that the whole community can enjoy. The carefully designed public realm will provide the most appropriate and balanced setting for the proposed residential building."

Construction is scheduled for later this year and is due to be completed by 2020.

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