Views, views, views is all I can say! Luxurious-feeling flat in the Maine tower, with a spectacular view across the water. Everything felt very modern and airy. Excited to hear about some of the facilities in the pipeline, like the cinema and gym being built (or soon to be built, I can’t quite recall!). Good train connections here and Canary wharf is easy to walk to (we went for drinks here after to test the distance). Overall a good option for anyone who wants to be by the riverside and commute easily to central London.
Estimated to be completed in summer 2019, Harbour Central looks set to make quite an impact on London’s Docklands area. This new Isle of Dogs development will feature a total of 642 private apartments split across five residential buildings, as well as a leisure complex and the development’s flagship structure – Maine Tower. With more than 40 storeys, the latter will punctuate the E14 skyline and provide some 297 of the development’s total apartments, not to mention cinematic views of the city and the River Thames from the tower’s upper floors.
In terms of living space elsewhere within the development, prospective buyers can choose from a range of high-spec apartments that span studio, one, two and three-bed spaces, as well as eight penthouse apartments to boot. Luxury touches at Harbour Central will begin in the reception foyers “carefully executed by esteemed British interior designer, Nicola Fontanella of Argent Design” and follow through to the sleek, open-plan apartments themselves.
Harbour Central residents will benefit from an on-site leisure complex, and ambitious plans include a Residents’ Club with a proposed library, cinema, concierge, gym and spa. The addition of business suites will make this an indispensable venue for both leisure and business pursuits.
On the subject of which, Harbour Central’s Isle of Dogs location puts it less than a ten-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf, with Canary Wharf DLR station providing a vital link for resident commuters into wider London. Hubs like Bank, Monument and Tower Gateway are easily accessed in just over ten minutes, and South Quay DLR station provides a second option. Canary Wharf underground, meanwhile, opens up the length and breadth of the city – Stratford is reachable in just 12 minutes via the Jubilee Line, and the West End is around 15 minutes away.
Looking forward, Canary Wharf’s new Crossrail station is set to raise the profile of the area further still in 2018, and Harbour Central residents will benefit from innumerable transport options. The Elizabeth Line will run west to Paddington, Heathrow Airport and Maidenhead, and east to Shenfield, Stratford, Abbey Wood and Woolwich. It’ll also cut journey times to Liverpool Street – a key changeover point for onward travel – to just seven minutes.
Business travel and Canary Wharf aside, London’s E14 area lays on plenty of reasons to tempt you home after work. The Isle of Dogs itself occupies a unique position in a bend of the Thames, which means it’s bordered by water on three sides and rich in maritime history. Wander beyond Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers and you’ll find quiet riverside walks, plenty of waterfront restaurants and cafes, and pockets of calm like Island Gardens and Mudchute Park and Farm.