The Deco Building has been designed and remodeled as a Miami Beach Art Deco luxury apartment block with an incredibly quiet and relaxing roof terrace and Ipe Hardwood deck leading up to a 6 person Jacuzzi Spa. The 5'6" parapet walls enable this space to be the real jewel of the development and there is only one building some 200 metres away that overlooks the terrace.

As it stands the building has been underpinned at the rear and new foundations added to the central supporting column to carry the two extra floors. There is a steel frame in place with Richard Lee's decking and light Ag concrete floors cast in. All of this work was completed by Wilby Construction Ltd under a JCT Minor Works Contract. A second contractor called Woodgrange Construction Co Ltd of Stratford E15 were then engaged to complete the shell. Unfortunately Woodgrange did not put enough cement powder in the mortar and also used some kind of domestic fluid as a plasticiser and the blockwork erected was discovered to be unsound. This led to an Adjudication Process which Single Source won and a further Adjudication to access losses and reimbursement which Single Source also won. Woodgrange are to pay all costs of taking down and reinstatement of blockwork. The development has been at a standstill since this date due to the rapid expansion of Single Source Binding and failure to identify a quality contractor at a reasonable cost has proven difficult and the decision to sell the building has been the result.

The windows are a stylish aluminum and all materials are purchased and awaiting manufacture at Fourstar Windows Wembley.

Planning Permission is for 5 one bedroom apartments. There was already one apartment in existence so the total build is for 6 apartments.

The front apartments are 484 sqft and the rear apartments are 541 sqft.

Permission could readily be obtained for a fourth floor and possibly a fifth floor.

All plans are complete by Bickerdike Allen Partners.
The Structural Engineers are John Allen Associates of Ash, Sevenoaks.



This article appeared in the Wharf Newspaper on 9th December 2003:

Andrew Osborne has lived in Docklands for 10 years and in the East End for 16. Originally from Norfolk he is a great fan of 'Mini Manhattan' as he calls Canary Wharf. It was also round 10 years ago that Andrew purchased an ex Burnley Building Society property on the East India Dock Road built in 1950 and he noticed then that it bore a strong resemblance to the Art Deco style Cardozo Hotel owned by Gloria Estefan in Miami Beach, Florida. After five years of planning and designing the project is finally going ahead to re-model the building into six one-bedroom luxury flats complete with bright pastel painted exterior, neon signage, Brise Soleil 'eyebrow' window ledges and a 60 foot tropical roof garden, spa bath and bar overlooking the Canary Wharf Cityscape.
Andrew says, 'I have been to Miami Beach many times since 1981 (the whole area was almost bulldozed by developers in 1978 to make way for Hi Rise condo's) and stayed in the Art Deco style Cardozo, Colony and The Breakwater hotels - I love the place! It really is unique in styling and atmosphere and surprisingly affordable. Most of the Hotels are owned by rock stars, film stars and record company bosses - they all compete to have the last word in very cool Art Deco styling. The Pelican Hotel has 30 rooms, each one in a different theme.
'As soon as I saw the Cardozo the penny dropped and I began planning to build a faithful "look-a-like" to give the East India Dock Road a very special Art Deco landmark all of its own just at the junction with Cotton Street.
'We are also looking for a high quality building firm with an interest in this kind of styling to take the project to completion in the spring. '

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