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Work is set to begin on the tallest residential tower in western Europe, located in London's docklands.

Work is set to begin on the tallest residential tower in western Europe, located in London's docklands.

The latest skyscraper to arise at Canary Wharf will start to emerge over the next few months, with work on clearing the land starting this week.

Spire London will be 235 metres (771 ft) tall once completed, with the building being developed by Chinese investor Greenland (UK). When completed in 2020 it will become the tallest residential building in western Europe, continuing the recent trend for ever taller apartment buildings in London and, to a lesser extent, other UK cities such as Manchester.

The foundations will only be 11.7 metres deep, despite the height of the building, due to the proximity of the Crossrail tunnels. Piling will start in January and the project will provide 900 construction jobs.

A total of 861 new homes will be provided in the tower, which will be designed in the shape of a clover to enable more window space for each apartment, enhancing the view across London. One of the three segments in the tower will include affordable homes for local people, while most of the dwellings will be for sale on the open market. These include luxury top-end apartments on the highest floors.

Commenting on the start of construction work, Greenland's managing director Wenhao Qian said: "This important launch reflects the confidence that Greenland Group continues to have in both the London economy and the London property market.

"We believe that there is always a demand for best in class property assets that offer a high quality, bespoke, designed and unique product in a prime location."

The investment is one of many by Chinese firms in a range of construction projects in Britain, ranging from residential and commercial developments such as the Middlewood Locks development in Salford and a range of projects in Sheffield to energy installations.

However, some of the investment in the latter is now in doubt, due to misgivings about the energy security implications of Chinese investment in the Hinkley C nuclear power plant expressed by prime minister Theresa May. Shortly after taking office, she ordered a fresh review of whether the project should go ahead.

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