Canary Wharf Group is linking up with the Eden project to create a new model of biodiversity – with a green spine running through the estate and the waters of the docks opened up for paddle-boarding and swimming.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise based in Cornwall, founded over 20 years ago, with a global mission to create a movement that builds relationships between people and the natural world.
The green spine through the centre of the Canary Wharf estate will create additional green public realm, parks and gardens, waterside access, performance spaces, new bridges, boardwalks and floating pontoons. It will animate the docks with new spaces for arts and culture, and for water sports.
CWG says its is for Canary Wharf estate to become a global example of best practice and innovation on biodiversity in a dense urban environment, living and working in harmony with nature.
Award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects will assist in developing an overall masterplan vision for the existing public realm and waterways at Canary Wharf. Glenn Howells’ approach is to consider the wellbeing of the individuals and communities that use spaces, helping to ensure that this project realises the ambitions for urban environments as set out by the partnership.
From this summer, Canary Wharf will become Eden’s London home, creating a base from which the charity can extend its activities across London and engage with the corporate sector.
CEO of Canary Wharf Group Shobi Khan said: “Our urbanising world cannot become sustainable until cities work for nature as well as people. In partnering with biodiversity expert, the Eden Project, CWG will accelerate thinking and action on how urban environments can be re-designed with nature at the heart.
“Sustainability has been front and centre for CWG’s buildings over the last 20 years. We already have over 20 acres of parks and gardens and 5km of waterside paths. Our partnership with the Eden Project will ensure these spaces and new areas support the ecosystems that people and nature depend on as we bring transformational change to the estate.”
David Harland, chief executive of Eden Project International, said: “CWG and the Eden Project are both based on the transformational redevelopment of a former industrial site into a world-renowned icon of regeneration. Our exciting new partnership feels natural and vital. Eden’s known track record in sustainability leadership aligned with the Canary Wharf Group’s consistently high sustainability ratings for their buildings offers a great platform upon which to build on.”
“There is not a moment to waste. CWG and Eden are primed and ready to work together not just to make Canary Wharf a greener place rich in biodiversity, but also to share what we learn in order to bring nature back to other urban developments in the UK and across the globe.”
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