New Providence Wharf, London, UK

The New Providence Wharf is a residential development in London’s Docklands, at the north end of the Blackwall Tunnel.  The forms of the buildings respond to the history of the site and the adjacent Grade II listed ventilation shaft for Blackwall Tunnel. The arrangement of the buildings is designed to maximise pedestrian permeability and take advantage of views towards the river, Canary Wharf and future East London regeneration areas.  To help stimulate the economy and enliven the area, the development includes ample street level retail, cafes, a central public plaza and other amenities. A series of landscaped gardens connect the plaza to the promenade along the River Thames.

The principle residential towers create the focus of the development with curvilinear bar buildings defining the site.  It consists of a crescent-shaped block along Fairmont Avenue and Yabsley Street, plus two skyscrapers. The Ontario Tower has already been built and the taller Providence Tower is currently in construction and is due for completion in early 2016. Residents can use some of the facilities of the adjacent Radisson Edwardian hotel.

The residential waterfront crescent building is on the banks of the River Thames and contains 520 apartments. The crescent shape was designed to maximize the views from the apartments towards the river and the oval riverside park that is edged by a continuous canal that terminates in a waterfall adjacent to the health club. The building steps down from 18 to 11 storeys creating seven large terraces occupied by large penthouse apartments. The building is enclosed in glass, aluminium and terracotta panels

The Michigan building is part of the New Providence Wharf development close to Canary Wharf . The building includes a range of one and two bedroom apartments as well as retail on the ground floor. Over 50% of the units are part of the affordable housing offer. A children play area is part of the amenity gardens created along Blackwall Way . The building has a green roof as part of the environmental measures. The building is clad in brick work and insulated render

The 120 key hotel is located by the banks of the River Thames between Canary Wharf and City Airport . The hotel has a large lobby atrium that opens up to gardens by the river and links to the adjacent Ontario tower. The hotel includes, guest rooms which includes suites, a penthouse, a restaurant, a bar and a health club. The building is clad in terracotta panels and natural anodized aluminium metal spandrels.

 A project of


Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Alyas Latif was involved while working at SOM




Tower Hamlets E14


1,050 residential units

50,000 sq m of offices and retail

180 Luxury Rooms for Radisson Edwardian Hote



Mixed Use Riverside development, Residential, Hotel, Tall Buildings, Retail, Office and Restaurant



Completed 2007

The Crescent Residential

units : 735

area : 51,400 m2

health club : 150 m2


The Michigan Residential

area : 14,600 m2

units : 232

Radisson Edwardian Hotel

area : 13,200 m2

suites: 160 (20 suites)