EE brings 5G to the neighbourhood

EE brings 5G to the UK for the first time with switch on of live 5G site in Canary Wharf trial.

  • EE’s first live 5G trial will take place in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, one of the most popular destinations in London
  • UK’s first live 5G trial will test 5G spectrum and device for performance, speeds and coverage
  • Partnership with Canary Wharf Group to install next generation of mobile technology to benefit consumers and businesses

EE, part of the BT Group, has switched on its first live 5G trial site. This will be the UK’s first live 5G trial, and is a major milestone in the rollout of the next generation of mobile networks.

The live trial will be held in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf. With 150,000 people coming to the Canary Wharf estate every day, the site is one of the most popular regions in the country and attracts consumers and businesses that require world-class connectivity.

High capacity zone testing is a critical part of EE’s 5G launch program, with the first phase of roll-out targeting ‘hotspots’ across the UK – the places that have the greatest number of people using the most mobile data. EE will make ten more sites live for consumer and business technology trials in east London later this month.

Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said: “This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity. With constant upgrades to 4G, and laying the foundations for 5G, we’re working to always be able to deliver what our customers need – both consumers and the vertical industries that will make the greatest use of 5G. We were UK pioneers with 4G and today we saw the UK’s first live connections on 5G – this is a huge step forward for our digital infrastructure.”

Mark Nallen, Head of Technology and Innovation, Canary Wharf Group, said: “Staying at the forefront of connectivity and new technologies is critical to our community, and that’s why we’re partnering with BT Group to support delivery of 5G. The consumers who live and work here will benefit from being better connected, and the enterprises based here will have the chance to partner with BT Group to understand the full capabilities of 5G.” 

Canary Wharf Group has a long history of supporting innovation relating to digital infrastructure and mobile technology. It is home to Level39, the tech community of 1,250 start-ups with a diverse range of specialisms including fintech and cybersecurity. During the trial, Canary Wharf Group will also be launching Wood Wharf, a major new mixed-use development designed for residential, retail and London’s technology businesses.

The trial is part of EE’s journey to a smart, converged network, enabled by 5G. It will establish 5G coverage from the site, and the performance of 5G ‘New Radio’ running over the new 3.4GHz spectrum, acquired in the Ofcom auction earlier this year.

To see the original press release click on the link below.


Set to become the world’s first plastic free commercial centre

Canary Wharf Group set to become world’s first plastic free commercial centre as it joins forces with Surfers Against Sewage

Canary Wharf Group is proud to announce that they have committed to becoming a Plastic Free Community as the next step in their 12-month #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign, making them the first commercial centre to take part in the Surfers Against Sewage led initiative.

The new initiative has been informed by its World Environment Day activities in June, which included a plastic audit across the Estate, and its ground-breaking plastics panel debate.

The key learning from the debate to break down barriers faced by businesses to eliminate single use plastics is via education, simplification and collaboration.

As part of finding a way to collaborate to achieve progress, Canary Wharf Group has joined forces with Surfers Against Sewage in their Plastic Free Community initiative, designed to unite and empower individuals, businesses, local government and the wider community to reduce their collective plastic footprint.

Canary Wharf which stretches across 16.5million sq. ft of London real estate, intends to prove that urban communities play an important role in eliminating avoidable, single-use plastic and reducing the harm plastics do to our rivers and oceans.

As part of the project, Canary Wharf Group has committed to achieving targets across five key areas; governance, local business support, community engagement, community events, and the formation of a steering group to take the work forward. Pledges include helping local businesses and retailers to remove at least three items of single-use plastic, eliminating them completely or replacing them with sustainable alternatives, and hosting community events that create opportunities for people to engage with the issue.

Steve Greig, Co-Managing Director, Canary Wharf Management, says: “By starting a cross-industry conversation at World Environment Day at our ‘Breaking the Plastic Habit’ debate, we have put in motion a template for education, simplification and collaboration to work towards a single-use plastic free future.

“Going for Plastic Free Community accreditation with Surfers Against Sewage is our next step in the #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign, our framework to continue this long-term strategy, something we truly hope will become a part of Canary Wharf’s legacy. It is our dream that this project will change our incredible community, and its environment, in a credible and positive way”.

Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Canary Wharf Group through the process of gaining Plastic Free Community accreditation. This is fantastic news for London, the UK and the rest of the world. It’s a world first and sets a very high standard.”

“The potential to inspire solutions-focused collaboration, innovation and partnership is enormous. We’d like to see other global financial centres take similar action on single-use plastics in the interest of healthy and happy communities everywhere. Given the scale of threats to our coasts and marine habitats there could not be a more important time to take action on plastic pollution. We congratulate Canary Wharf Group and call on other London boroughs and districts to take similar action on avoidable single-use plastics, with the aim of stopping plastic pollution.”

Earlier this year Canary Wharf Group also launched the UK’s first Reverse Vending Machine allowing the thousands of visitors to recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans in a simple, easy and efficient way.

To see the original press release click on the link below.


Wood Wharf – the largest home to scale ups

Canary Wharf Group announces 5m Sq. Ft development designed to become the largest home to scale-ups in London

  • 2m sq. ft of office space for innovative, fast growth-businesses set to attract 20,000 jobs, making Wood Wharf the largest cluster of tech and creative businesses in London
  • New cluster is expected to attract £2bn GVA from new jobs and generate £199m for the local small business economy
  • Wood Wharf to set the highest standards for environmental impact, sustainability and working experience

Canary Wharf Group has today unveiled plans for a brand-new development, Wood Wharf, one of the most ambitious urban regeneration projects in London.

Having already created one of the largest business districts in Europe, Canary Wharf Group is continuing to evolve London’s former docks site by redeveloping a 23 acre site into 5m sq. ft of mixed use space. A sense of community, education and culture are at the heart of these plans, which include 2m sq ft dedicated to fast-growth businesses.

Creating workspaces for entrepreneurs and innovative businesses set to bring 20,000 jobs to the region, Wood Wharf will be a new part of London and one of the largest clusters of tech and creative businesses in the UK.

To understand the impact of the site on London’s tech and digital landscape, Wood Wharf will attract a larger number of tech jobs than in the entire city of Cambridge[1], concentrated into 23 acres.

The multi-billion pound development is expected to generate £2bn gross value added from new jobs and £199m into the local small business economy.

World-class architects and designers, such as Allies and Morrison, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Pilbrow & Partners, Herzog de Meuron and Heatherwick Studio, have been carefully selected to create a vibrant 24/7 urban environment with distinctive architectural appeal that answer the needs of the businesses of the future.

From open spaces and waterside walkways to running trails and independent retail boutiques, the development is designed to attract tech, creative and progressive businesses of all sizes. The buildings, all with their own individual characteristics, all enjoy external terraces, dual power supplies,  whilst targeting BREEAM “outstanding” and WeLL certification also offering the latest in smart-building technology.

Wood Wharf has already secured forward-thinking businesses such as Ennismore, owner of The Hoxton Hotels group and The Office Group – taking over 180,000 sq. ft in total. Canary Wharf Group is currently in discussions with a range of tenants spanning the technology, cultural and educational industries.

The ScaleUp Institute, the organisation mapping the UK’s fastest growing businesses, cites infrastructure as one of the biggest challenges facing successful companies in Britain. Wood Wharf has been purpose-built to offer flexible workspaces and the opportunity for businesses to scale across the development.

This is already happening across the existing Canary Wharf estate. Level39, the tech community with over 1,250 members including eToro and Ripple, has become the home to start-ups looking to scale at pace. Previous tenants included both Digital Shadows and Revolut, the UK’s latest tech unicorn, who have expanded into larger offices at Canary Wharf.

Wood Wharf has also been designed to meet Canary Wharf Group’s high sustainability standards. The development will be targeting zero-carbon and zero-waste and is being built to have a positive social impact on the local area and communities – 25 per cent of the 3,600 residential homes will be affordable housing.

Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group, comments: “Canary Wharf Group has reinvented London’s business landscape once, and with Wood Wharf we intend to do so again for the era of fast growth tech and creative businesses. With the intention of creating 20,000 jobs, this will be a major investment into London’s infrastructure and a home for the people shaping the future of this great City.”

Richard Archer, Managing Director Offices, Canary Wharf Group, comments: “Canary Wharf Group has engaged some of the world’s leading architects and designers to create a new piece of Londonthat will be purpose-built to encourage collaboration and growth for tech and creative businesses. Future tenants will enjoy the hallmarks of a Canary Wharf Group development – resilience, security and distinctive individually designed buildings – combined with public spaces, riverside walkways and a diverse retail offering. This is a business environment for ambitious entrepreneurs and scale-ups.”

Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK, comments: “London’s tech sector has grown at an extraordinary rate over the past five years. Tech companies have consistently broken records in terms of investment, job creation and revenue growth. The city needs infrastructure to accommodate this rapid expansion and Wood Wharf seems the perfect environment for start-ups and scale-ups with global ambitions.”

To see the original press release click on the link below.

Three exclusive Sky Lofts released in One Park Drive

Canary Wharf Group has today announced the launch of the Level 32 Sky Lofts, located in One Park Drive, with interiors by Bowler James Brindley.

The building is divided into three distinct sections; the spacious Loft apartments take up floors 02-09, the Cluster section of apartments intelligently layered to maximise space in the mid-section and the large Bay apartments toward the top of the building. This structure creates a one-off design opportunity on L32, where the Cluster and Bay typologies meet.

The Sky Lofts are forged out of this idiosyncrasy created by One Park Drive’s striking cylindrical design. Fashioned using the best elements of both apartments, three purchasers now have the opportunity to own a property that has subtle differences in design unlike any previously available. These are some of the most beautifully appointed apartments to be made available within the landmark building, with prices starting from £2,750,000.

The Sky Lofts benefit from having spacious and separate kitchen and lounge areas as well as five-piece bathroom suites. In combining key characteristics, these newly released apartments boast spaciousness and views. Wrapping around the outside, each of the three Sky Lofts has up to 1,300 sq ft. of terrace, which is accessible from all of the major rooms.

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A new destination for London

London’s world-renowned business estate, Canary Wharf, is in the throws of significant evolution with the creation of a new district, Wood Wharf. Masterplanned by Allies and Morrison, Wood Wharf will feature living, retail and community spaces designed by the likes of Herzog & de Meuron, Stanton Williams Architects, KPF, Darling Associates, Patel Taylor and Grid Architects.

Wood Wharf will be a neighbourhood of green spaces and waterside boardwalks where it will be just as easy to grab the essentials of daily life as it will be to take in live music or theatre. One Park Drive, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is the signature building of the new district. Positioned at the head of the dock, it represents everything that makes the new neighbourhood so special – a unique architectural achievement thoughtfully designed to be the very best in city and waterside living.

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