Mayor presses on with public construction, green-lighting Fosters' Crossrail station and Rogers' Wood Wharf masterplan

Boris Johnson has given the green light to three developments at London's Canary Wharf, including a £500m Foster + Partners-designed station for cross-London rail link Crossrail.

Richard Rogers' masterplan for Wood Wharf, which includes a new canal as well as homes, offices and shops, has also been given the go-ahead.

The third approved scheme is a 27-storey hotel designed by architect Patel Taylor.

Announcing the decision, the Greater London Authority (GLA) said that new building work is “critical” to sustaining and delivering jobs for Londoners.

Johnson said: “I am determined to do everything I can to minimise the impact of the economic downturn and ensure that I use my powers to support the development sector in particular.

“We cannot stop building in our city and just as we will forge ahead with our huge housebuilding programme, we must ensure the development process for all construction projects is as smooth and speedy as possible.

“Once Crossrail arrives in Canary Wharf it will act as the catalyst for the construction of more offices and the other facilities including new shops and more hotels, creating lasting jobs over the coming decades.”