Docklands - Harbour Exchange Square


As you travel on the Docklands Light Railway from the major Canary Wharf interchange south towards Greenwich, keep a look out for the nearby Harbour Exchange Square, which has several interesting buildings.


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:29:56 ( 51.498976 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:00:53 ( -0.014769 )

The northern building (nearest to the Canary Wharf 1 Canada Square skyscraper)


Harbour Exchange Tower,
numbers 1 and 2 Harbour Exchange Square

used to house the United Kingdom Police's National High Tech Crime Unit, which has now been absorbed into the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which now no longer seems to give "new crimes, new technology" crimes like computer hacking or computer viruses or denial of service attacks any priority.

Incredibly the public internet website for this managed building still serves M$ Word document templates for various forms for things like

  • Tenants Fit Out Guide
  • Work Authority Certificates
  • Landlords Requirements of Contractors during Fitting Out Works
  • Minor Works Permit
  • Visitor Form
  • Removal of Equipment
  • Fire Evac Procedures
  • Actions to be taken by Fire Wardens
  • Emergency Evac Roll Call
  • Fire Precaution Details
  • Assembly Points Location Map
  • Layman’s Guide To Fire Systems

Which must make them vulnerable to thieves and spies who are willing to scribble an illegible signature at the bottom of a genuine security authorisation form.

Numbers 6 -7 and 8-9 house two separate Internet Data Centres, which are now owned by Telecity, and are linked to form part of the London Internet Exchange (LINX) system, through which most of the UK and Europe's transatlantic internet traffic flows.

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