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Canary Wharf has been planned on a grand scale and the estate now extends to in excess of 97 acres and includes about 14 million square feet of office and retail space to date. The first tenants moved into Canary Wharf in August 1961 and now over 80,000 people work there.
The landmark of Canary Wharf which also transformed the docklands skyline is the famous Tower at 'One Canada Square', which has fifty floors and at 244 metres (800 feet) high, is the tallest building in Britain. The average area for each floor is 28,000 square feet and requires 32 passenger lifts divided into four banks to service the building.
A key factor to the successful redevelopment of Docklands was the construction of the Docklands Light Railway, which opened between Tower Gateway, Island Gardens and Stratford in 1987 and was an instant success. Todays DLR is an automated 31 km railway with 38 stations and 94 vehicles. The DLR is now carrying more passengers than ever before, with further increases in demand management predicted. The system currently carries 55 million passengers a year and this is expected to rise to 80 million by 2009.
"Motorexpo" at Canary Wharf
Motorexpo is the renowned annual 'free-to-visit' motorshow held at Canary Wharf.
Since its launch in 1996 this exhibition has expanded at an astonishing rate to become the worlds best free-to-visit motorshow. Its success is partly due to the 'captive' audience of affluent workers, eager to view the latest in luxury cars.
In 2007 in excess of 40 manufacturers exhibited over 250 vehicles spread right across the estate, in parks, gardens, open spaces and even the grand marble clad floor of the 'One Canada Square' entrance lobby.