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The Canary Wharf project comprises the construction of 12.5 M ft2 of office and retail space in 24 buildings. The buildings are grouped into four neighbourhoods focused around the major public spaces known as Westferry Circus, Founders Court (Cabot Square), Docklands Square (Canada Square), and Blackwall Place (Churchill Place). For reference during construction, the buildings are known by a number and a prefix related to the above grouping, e.g. the building known as FC2 is building 2 in the Founders Court (Cabot Square) neighbourhood. Phase 1 of the project, comprising approximately 4.5 M ft2 net of office and retail facilities and the supporting infrastructure, is divided into 10 fairly distinct building parcels, as follows: 1: Westferry Circus and West India Place 2: infrastructure comprising roads and watercuts west of Docklands Square (Canada Square), Founders Court (Cabot Square), and Blackwall Place (Churchill Place carparks). General pavings to plazas and promenades and retail buildings west of DS7 3: building DS7 4: the Canary Wharf Station to the Docklands Light Railway 5-10: buildings FCl to FC6 inclusive R.S. Davie
Arup Research & Development has carried out a series of studies commissioned by the Building Research Establishment on the subject of building performance and costs-in-use. This paper gives a brief commentary on the results of that research, explores the implications and application thereof in the context of the definition of client requirements, and outlines a methodology whereby these performance requirements may be taken into account in an explicit manner in the design and property management processes. K.H. White
Few building clients have sufficient understanding or experience to be specific regarding the life expectancy of the buildings they commission. In general, the tacit assumption by both clients and designers is that buildings will last as long as their owners want them to last and are prepared to invest in them. However, it is clear that decisions taken by the client or the designer can have a profound impact on the lifespan of a building and the cost of keeping it in beneficial use. The ‘intelligent client’ will be aware of this but will still look to his designer or consultant to advise him on the life-affecting aspects of his project. In any event, it is, in my opinion, part of the designer’s duty to consider these aspects and advise the client of the options available, coupling past experience with some vision of possible future events. J. Rodin