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18 Mar 2016

Royal Docks London Transformation Proposals

London Mayor Boris Johnson announces proposals to further transform Royal Docks

Proposals to further transform the Royal Docks and deliver 24,000 new homes and 60,000 jobs have been announced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Royal Docks in East London were at the very heart of London’s commercial success, acting as a hive of industry and attracting trade and people from all over the world.

Royal Docks London Regeneration Proposals
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The Mayor has been working hard to restore the Royal Docks to its former glory and the area is currently enjoying an incredible transformation. Chinese developer ABP has secured planning permission for a large financial and business district at Royal Albert Dock that will create more than 20,000 jobs, and generate £6 billion to the London economy.

Construction work will start on site later this year alongside two new hotels which are already underway. The Silvertown Partnership has already started restoring the iconic Millennium Mills at Silvertown Quays and will eventually deliver a new development including creative workspace, exciting new brand buildings and over 3,000 homes.

The Docks are also set to benefit from major transport infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and new crossings over the Thames, such as the Silvertown Tunnel.

Now, the Mayor is building on that success by launching a consultation on proposals to transform further parts of the Docks and adjoining Beckton Riverside to become a world-class business destination as well as an area that has the capacity to deliver thousands of new homes for Londoners.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “This part of London was once a global standard-bearer for trade and industry and we are already bringing about a new era of prosperity with exciting schemes transforming Royal Albert Dock and Silvertown Quays. Now we want to take that success to a new level and transform further parts of the Royal Docks, capitalising on the potential of Crossrail and other transport infrastructure improvements to deliver more of the homes and jobs London so urgently needs.”

Location map of the southern part of the London Borough of Newham, 21 October 2015:
Royal Docks London map
image courtesy wikiemdia commons

A planning framework for the Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside focuses on releasing surplus industrial land and intensifying other sites, which City Hall believes will open up further developable land on the north banks – potentially leading to the delivery of 24,000 homes and 60,000 new jobs.

The plans also explore the need for new and improved transport infrastructure to serve key development sites and improve the capacity of the existing network, including proposing new routes, a river walk and a network of open spaces.

Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, announced the consultation for the Royal Docks planning framework at the MIPIM international property forum in Cannes today. Both he and Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property are at MIPIM this week to directly lobby key investors and developers as they work to double house building, including the provision for more affordable and low cost homes for hard working Londoners, further the development of more office space and fund major regeneration projects around the capital.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning, said: “With careful planning, the potential exists to build on the work we have already done at Royal Docks and deliver tens of thousands more homes and jobs. I hope this consultation brings forward exciting ideas about how we can further regenerate this historic part of the capital.”

The Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework forms a major part of the Mayor’s vision for East London. In October last year, the Mayor launched ‘City in the East’ which is a visionary framework detailing how major development should take place from London Bridge to the Isle of Dogs and Greenwich Peninsula, right through to Ilford in Essex and Dartford in Kent.

Detailed modelling carried out at City Hall, which includes linking 13 Opportunity Areas, showed for the first time how a minimum of 203,500 homes and 283,300 jobs could be delivered over the next 20 years.

To view the Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside Opportunity Area Planning Framework, visit:

Website: Royal Docks London Regeneration

Royal Docks London

Design: Heatherwick Studio
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Heatherwick Studio

Royal Docks Business Park
Design: KCAP with Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Royal Docks Business Park London
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Royal Docks Business Park

Royal Docks London Cable Car
Design: Aedas Architects
Royal Docks London Cable Car
photographs © Keepclicking
Royal Docks London Cable Car
In summer 2012, London got a much needed river crossing between the Royal Docks and the Greenwich peninsula, with the city’s first urban cable car.
The Mayor secured a ten-year £36m sponsorship deal for the new cable car with Emirates Airline.

Royal Docks London Design Competition
Royal Docks London Design Competition
Registration opens today to find new design ideas for London’s Royal Docks. The Landscape Institute and Ecobuild, with support from the Mayor of London and London Borough of Newham, have launched ‘The Royal Docks Ideas Competition’ to find innovative design proposals that would transform the Royal Docks into a multi-functional, ‘liveable’ space.

Comprised of three docks in East London – Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and King George V Dock – the Royal Docks is the largest enclosed docks in the world with a water area of nearly 90 hectares. The judging panel want entrants to incorporate green infrastructure and water sensitive design ideas into their proposals in an effort to make the area more resilient against environmental, social and economic challenges and to transform it into a world class location.

Website: Royal Docks London Development

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