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Floating the church

Until the mid-1960s Canary Wharf was a warehouse storing exotic goods from the Canary Islands in Docklands, at the heart of one of the world’s largest and busiest ports.

Marcus Nodder

But, by the end of the 1970s, all that was over — the docks had closed down and the area had become an urban wasteland. Proposals for regeneration of the area were derided by many and when, in 1988, foundation work began at Canary Wharf, it was widely assumed that whatever emerged on it was sure to become a white elephant. But things have turned out somewhat differently.