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Canary Wharf, a feng shui analysis

One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District
One Canada Square, centrepiece of the Canary Wharf District. The image was taken from Cabot Place.

Canary Wharf is the second financial district of London. The area of Canary Wharf was initially developed in the 1990s in the wake of the deregulation of the financial sector in the late 1980s when there was a huge demand for floor space.

Previously Canary Wharf was part of the West India Docks and from 1802 and it was one of the busiest docks in the world. However, this port industry started to decline in the 1950s and was closed in the 1980s.

Although the 1st stage of the development was completed in the early 1990s, it only took off only when it was linked to the Jubilee Line Tube (London Transport Underground system) for the millennium. Transportation to this business district was inadequately served by the Dockland light railway system.

River view of Canary Wharf - Showing the Energy Gap
River view of Canary Wharf – Showing the Energy Gap. This is where the energy gets into this financial district.

Structural outline of Canary Wharf
The image shows the basic outline of the Canary Wharf Development. The area around the river front is kept clear so that the energy from the river bend can enter the business district.

It is built along a spine (North and South Colonnades) with buildings on either side. The centre piece being One Canada Square which is one of London’s tallest buildings with 50 storeys and 235 metres high. This tower is a symbol of the regeneration of Docklands.

In the centre of the “spine” there is an underground shopping mall known as Cabot Square Shopping Mall. The entrance to this mall is in Cabot Square which faces the river. There is a smaller shopping mall – Jubilee Place at a quiet corner and linked with the Jubilee Line Station.

Feng Shui Analysis

Reuters video
The energy from the turn of the river enters the Gap and then allow to flow down the 2 roads (North and South Colonnades). Energy is allow to enter the complex through Cabot Square.

Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London's 2nd financial district
Google Earth image of Canary Wharf, London’s 2nd financial district. The red arrows describe the direction and distribution of the energy from the river.

All the building by the Colonnades have their entrances by the road so that energy can easy enter the building thereby filling the properties with energy.

The main building of this complex is One Canada Square (marked B). There are various entrances to this building allowing this energy to get in. One conduit is the Cabot Square Shopping mall which allows energy from the entrance at Cabot Square (marked A) into One Canada Square.

The configuration of this landmark building is in the feng shui armchair configuration (marked C) . It as a clear view to the front with Citibank and HSBC buildings are on either side as the arms. The back rest are formed of the other buildings. The armchair configuration is a method for the building to retain the energy. See image.

The buildings in Canary wharf all have a regular shape. Either they are squares or rectangles. This is the ideal feng shui configuration in the building design. However, in the City of London, there are many different shapes as the developers are squeezing all the building into the available land.

The main Cabot Square shopping mall – which has the entrance facing the river in Cabot Square (A) is always buzzing with life with shoppers. There is another shopping mall, Jubilee Place, which is linked to the Underground system does not appear busy. It does not have any energy as it does not have an entrance gathering the energy from the energy rich areas of Canary Wharf. In my opinion, the Jubilee Place Shopping Mall was very much an after thought and the it was not in the initial design stages.

Test of the System – How successful is Canary Wharf?
The businesses in the Finance are very sensitive to success and failure. Should something not work, they are not afraid not to use it or not continue with it. Canary Wharf has continued to expand particularly after the commissioning of the Jubilee Line underground system to the district. It has about 100,000 people working there compared with 300,000 thousand in the City of London. However, a key indicator is the number of banking staff. In is claimed in the Financial Times, there are now more banking staff in Canary Wharf than in the City of London and the number continue to grow.

There is a continual programme of new office buildings in Canary Wharf indicating growth and confidence in the district.

Canary Wharf is now part and parcel of the business scene of London. It is probably the newest and most dynamic area of Business London.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Hard-Fi lead singer Richard Archer comments on Staines – Some Observations

Staines Town Hall panoramic image
Staines Town Hall panoramic image

Hard-Fi lead singer Richard Archer is quoted to have said:
“A lot of the bars are closing, Habitat went into administration, Jane Norman, Thorntons. It’s all starting to fall to bits.”
“Staines is in a dark place at the moment, like a ghost town.”

Of course, there was an official rebuttal from the Staines Council.

My observations with due regards to Richard’s comments:

The concentration of stable energy is centred on the main shopping areas near the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre (http://michaeloon.com/blog/a-look-at-staines-town-centre ). The other areas (marked A) do not have the energy and the business will not be good. This can be easily seen with the boarded up shops or “for sale sign” by the shops.

Should you drive through the town, you will not see any of the prosperous areas, it is like an hidden enclave. The roads pass the “deprived” areas. An example is shown in the image above.

The above image is of “The Town Hall” with the surrounding buildings. There are no less than 5 “for sale” or “to let “ signs on this panoramic image. This is precisely the impression you get when driving pass. No doubt, this is how Hper-Fi’s Richard Archer got the impression that Staines is like a Ghost town,

The good news from Richard’s comment is the Staines Thorton’s Chocolate shop is still traiding.

Thortons chocolate shop in Staines
Thortons chocolate shop in Staines

Update 24th Oct 2011:

The feel of Staines as a “Ghost Town” in my opinion, is due to the River Thames pulling away the energy from the Town, The energy loss can be minimised by a careful design of buildings at specific locations to hold the energy – very much like how Elmsleigh Shopping Centre holds the energy. This will behave very much like a dam holding and preventing the outflow of the energy. I will not go into detail as it can get very technical. Once this is done, the town centre will have a very different feel and appearance. Staines will have a feel of a real town and not a “Ghost Town”.

Secondly, the areas peripheral to the town centre, where the offices and business parks are. These areas are prosperous because they are outside the energy pull of the river. The pulling away of the energy from the Staines Town centre.

Related Blogs on Staines

A Look at Staines Town Centre

Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in Staines

Hard-Fi lead singer Richard Archer comments on Staines – Some Observations

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2011.

A Look at Staines Town Centre

Elmsleigh Shopping Centre  in Staines
Looking to the outside from the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in Staines

In the past few years, the town “Staines” has been the mentioned in the media. Hard-Fi, an indie band had stated that Staines as a Ghost Town. Ali G, a satirical fictional character kept referring to Staines as his home town. With this bout of negative publicity, Staines council members have been considering re-branding their town as “Staines-upon-Thames”.

I thought that, as I live nearby, have a look at this town. Even though I have lived in this area for the past 30 years, I have never set foot in the town. All the roads seem to pass it.

Staines has been around since the Roman times some 2,000 years ago. Not as a town but as a river crossing. It continued to be a major crossing on the River Thames because of its proximity to Windsor. In the late 20th Century, particularly with the proximity to London’s Heathrow Airport, Staines has become an attractive location to site offices. The town centre grew in the 1980s after the development of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in 1979.

Staines is not a natural town or a settlement for the simple reason that the energy is not held in that location. The energy is being pulled away by the river (see image below).

Staines Town - energy flow
Energy flow on Staines Town (without any buildings)

The small blue arrows show the flow of the river. The big red arrow shows the energy coming from the river. The big blue arrow shows the energy being pulled away from the town centre by the river. The energy is not allowed to settle in the town centre. This is the natural flow of energy when there are no buildings.

It was the development of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre that stopped this leakage of the energy. With this came the growth of the town as a shopping area and a busy one it is.

Energy flows through Staines Town.
Energy flows through Staines Town. Areas marked "A" have less energy

The small blue arrows show the flow of the river. The red arrows show the movement of energy from the river to the town centre. The buildings in the town centre hold this energy – hence the prosperity. As soon as you go outside the town centre (areas marked A ) – you will notice that there is no energy and the shops do not do well. This is unlike the town centre and parts of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre.

Staines is a town of shops coffee shops and fast food. It does not have the night life – clubs or fine dining. The energy is too unsettled for such establishments. These establishments are only present where the energy is settled and usually in real towns or settlements like Guildford.

Related Blogs on Staines

A Look at Staines Town Centre

Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in Staines

Hard-Fi lead singer Richard Archer comments on Staines – Some Observations

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2011.