The mixed used scheme, designed by DMWR Architects LLP, included 30,871 m2 (332,290 sq ft) of office space, a 192-room hotel, 74 serviced apartments, a rooftop bar and a restaurant, as well as a large health and fitness club, significant retail space and a publicly accessible Winter Garden at ground level.
Columbus Tower would have joined an existing cluster of high-rise development at Canary Wharf. Located at a high footfall transport interchange hub, the proposed tower’s location was directly above the site earmarked for the approach tunnels to the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf.
In December 2008, a planning application was submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. This application was virtually identical to application granted full consent in March 2005. Tower Hamlets councillors initially rejected the second application, but ConservativeMayor of LondonBoris Johnson exercised new powers allowing him to intervene and take over the application, and on 7 October 2009 he granted conditional planning permission and conservation area consent for the scheme.
In March 2011 Commercial Estates Group announced that they had appointed Squire and Partners to review the proposals. In November 2013 it was reported that Commercial Estates Group had sold the site to Ryan Corporation (UK) Limited for £100m and that a planning application for a new, residential building would be made.