30 South Colonnade, a highly prominent building in the heart of the Canary Wharf Estate, was acquired in May 2019 by Quadrant Estates. The 300,000 sq. ft office building required a major refurbishment and repositioning following the vacation of long terms tenants Thomson Reuters.

Project Objective

The Client wanted to deliver a best in class Grade A office-led scheme in an existing building but remodelling it so it looked new and fresh. Securing planning permission promptly was a core requirement.

Role Of DP9

DP9 was appointed upon acquisition of the site to advise on all planning matters and as an agent to Quadrant Estates. DP9 led the project, devising the planning strategy and leading the negotiations with London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Key Challenge

The key challenges revolved around two core areas of focus; in the first instance securing 9,733sqm additional accommodation from just a two storey extension. And secondarily the remodelling of the existing space to prioritise the quality of the accommodation over quantity and including the provision of affordable workspace.

Highly prominent Canary Wharf office refurbishment

Barnaby Collins


A founding member of DP9 in 2004, Barnaby has over 30 years’ experience advising on development opportunities for International and UK investors, developers and occupiers across private and public sectors. Barnaby specialises in complex development schemes in London and the South East including major commercial and residential developments and those involving listed buildings and conservation areas. Barnaby also takes an active role in industry bodies such as the City Architecture Forum and City Property Association. Barnaby's PA is Lucinda Hammond.

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Harri Aston


Harri is an Associate with 5.5 years of experience.

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We have the privilege of advising on some of the most challenging and high-profile developments, supporting our clients in navigating the approvals process. From commercial through to charitable, small scale through to major complex masterplanning proposals, our experience in London and the South East is unparalleled.