The ongoing regeneration of the London Docklands has been greatly favoured and recent government funding has enabled planning and construction to start.
Many upcoming projects will add to the current prestigious home and business offices on offer that enhance the lively and busy lifestyle of those living and working in the Docklands. Many remarkable developments have been newly constructed to create the “new East End” and future planned projects will follow this modern desirable trend.
New Phase of Canary Wharf
A sum of £200m has been funded to the Canary Wharf Group to expand this distinctive, sophisticated area. The innovative architects of the Tate Modern and Beijing Olympic stadium have designed a 57-storey skyscraper to stand as a centrepiece for the new development. The skyscraper will be designed to be cylindrical and will face the South Dock with exceptional water views. Around 3,500 luxury homes will be developed including 607 affordable homes, along with two new hotels and 1.9m sq. ft. of commercial offices.
The development of the new phase of Canary Wharf will follow the unique riverside vibrant feel as a large 420,000 sq. ft. area that will be used specifically for retail and leisure, including shops and community facilities. The area will be a spectacular place for working and relaxing as a large 8.9 acres of land will be available for public use. The first phase of development will be completed in 2018, coinciding with the introduction of the Crossrail.
Galliard Homes' new development, Harbour Central, situated in the centre of the West India Docks, is expected to be finished in 2019. Once complete this impressive project will offer five residential buildings complete with interiors designed by Nicola Fontanella. Harbour Central will include its very own leisure complex including a library, concierge, gym and spa, business suites and a cinema. The development will include apartments, studios and eight penthouse apartments offering a spectacular panoramic view.
Royal Victoria’s Floating Docks
The Royal Victoria Docks is currently awaiting planning permission to develop Royal Victoria’s floating docks. The development will be the UK’s first floating village, creating its very own version of Venice. The 15-acre village will float adjacent to the Emirates Air Line cable cars. The miniature village will consist of 50 vibrantly coloured homes which will be built according to the buyers demands encouraging individuality and an urban environment. Restaurants, cafes, bars and offices will be connected within the village by connecting bridges. The village will cater to the social needs of the community providing opportunities to take part in water sports, floating lidos and ice skating, providing something for everyone.
Asian Business Port (Royal Albert Docks)
Asian Business Port (ABP) successfully acquired a contract to redevelop the London Docklands area, in particular the Royal Albert Dock which will begin later in 2015. The 4.7m sq. ft. development is planned to be finished over the following decade. The redevelopment will have a large impact on the Docklands area as a whole, introducing 20,000 new jobs, which are predicted to generate £6bn. Trade with Asian corporations will be improved and many will base their headquarters at the Royal Albert Dock. In addition to the introduction of Asian companies the development will continue to improve the leisure aspect of the Docklands and will include its very own retail space.
Situated on the west bank of the River Lea, right by Bow Creek Ecological Park and the expansive new regeneration project at Leamouth Peninsula, Orchard Wharf is Galliard’s latest waterside development; set to comprise a luxurious selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments arranged within a choice of apartments, duplexes and penthouses. Residents will enjoy a daytime concierge and access to the development’s landscaped gardens, rooftop terraces and recreational areas.
Wapping Artist Quarter
After the closure of the famous Rupert Mordoch’s ‘Fortress Wapping’ on Pennington Street a new warehouse complex has begun construction. The new, impressive complex will contain shops, restaurants, galleries and offices to fulfil the London Docklands' modern expectations. The new artists' quarter of the complex will include 90 new artist studios, and £6m has been assigned for leisure and local employment.
The iconic, historical vaulted warehouse will be restored and made open to the public for the first time in 200 years. The new, inventive complex will provide 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 1,800 homes. The land will provide areas for developments for secondary schools, colleges and 65 apprenticeships, which will greatly benefit the community. The generous Bow Arts Trust plans to provide the public with fantastic training programme opportunities to encourage future enrolment in educational programmes.
Galliard Homes has also located a new development at Wapping Riverside, which will include 37 elite apartments. The apartments will proceed with exceptional views of the Thames between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, including a landscaped roof garden to accompany the exquisite views. This development is of particular importance as it will be the last original warehouse conversion in London.