Huge news for Rotherhithe residents as a £2 billion regeneration plan is unveiled to create a major new urban hotspot in London’s Docklands. The proposed project is expected to take around fifteen years to complete, with plans to redevelop a 46-acre chunk of Canada Water. On top of this, residents can expect London’s first foot and cycle bridge to emerge between Canary Wharf by the end of 2020. Drastic change afoot, but what does this mean for the area?
Canada Water’s Redevelopment
Southwark’s new waterside town centre will include 3,500 new homes, a new high street, leisure centre, park, and entertainment hub, as well as five new skyscrapers and a potential University campus for King’s College London. The University already has permission to build 770 student flats on the former Mulberry Business Park, and wants to build a further 2,000 student flats at Canada Water, plus 400,000sq ft. of teaching and research facilities.
Consultations for the regeneration project have been on going since 2014, with several exhibitions held in 2016 to gather feedback from local residents.
“There are various pros and cons that come with the significant regeneration of an area, as is being seen in Canada Water, SE16 and the surrounding areas,” says Adam Miller, Director at Living in London. “Whilst it will often have a positive impact on the value of properties, as well as an influx in shops, services and amenities, it does mean that the identity of an area is at risk of being lost. Therefore, this will be seen by many – especially those who have lived in the area for many years – as negative."
"Finding the balance between regeneration and keeping the identity of an area is tricky and no matter what, its near impossible to keep everybody happy. Having lived and worked in the area for 10+ years, I’ve already noticed a substantial change in the landscape and population. London will inevitably succumb to change, especially in well-situated areas that are deemed as ‘hotspots’. I would encourage anyone who wants to have an impact on how the regeneration of Canada Water transpires, to get involved in local meetings/consultations and voice their opinion to local councillors and MPs.”
British Land is to apply for planning permission this year and begin work next year.
For the latest news on the ‘Canada Water Masterplan’, visit: http://canadawatermasterplan.com/
The new proposed bridge, also known as ‘Brunel Bridge’, is set to be London’s first pedestrian and cycle river crossing. If all goes ahead as planned, it will also become the world’s longest drawbridge. Backed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the ‘Boomerange Bridge’ will answer the huge demand for a new crossing east of Tower Bridge. Linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, the crossing is expected to relieve some of the stress on the Jubilee Line by helping over 100,000 commuters cross the Thames to work in Canary Wharf and connecting east-west cycle routes along the river.
Mr Khan said: “What a great project this is. It points to the future of river crossings in London. It is a fantastic opportunity to give this part of London a much-needed cycling and pedestrian crossing.
“The bridge will relieve pressure on the Jubilee line at Canada Water, offer a huge boost for jobs and homes while promoting greener ways of crossing the Thames.” [Quote via The Wharf]
To keep up with news on the Brunel Bridge, see: http://brunelbridge.london/news/
On October 7th 2016, the Jubilee Line became the third tube line to join the Night Tube service, along with the Victoria and Central lines. The service carries thousands of Londoners in and out of Central London all night long on weekends. Hailed as a ‘game changer’, by employers and venues along the line including the O2, Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf and Westfield, the night tube saw over 100,000 travellers use the service on its first weekend.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The launch on the Jubilee line will support thousands more workers like nurses, cleaners and people who work in our bars and restaurants — many of whom currently take two night buses to get home. It will also serve some of our city’s key venues, with the O2, Wembley Stadium and Stratford on the route.” [Quote via Evening Standard]
The Night Tube service also hopes to keep London’s vibrant night life alive, offering a faster and safer alternative to night buses.
The Canada Water Masterplan, one of the capital’s largest regeneration projects, aims to repurpose some of the area’s larger commercial spaces to build a number of valuable community assets. These proposed developments include a major town centre with additional retail spaces, new homes as well as community and entertainment facilities.
The Masterplan is a project spearheaded by British Land, who has been working closely with Southwark Council and its residents to bring high-quality commercial and residential developments to SE16 to further enhance the area. The team is being led by Allies & Morrison architects and Townshend landscaping as well as a wide range of consultants to help cover the large scope of the plan.
Since British Land began to host exhibitions for the public in spring 2014, the Masterplan has received multiple rounds of feedback from the community to help inform its direction and will continue to do so throughout 2016. Brisith Land has recently released the comprehensive feedback report from all event attendees and those that submitted their comments following plan progression. The full report which was released on 16 June 2016 can be found as a PDF here.
The main commercial spaces of Canada Water to be repurposed are the SE16 Printworks site, Seven Islands Leisure Park and Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. The plan currently includes a pedestrianised town centre, green spaces such as a 3.5-acre park, community facilities a new leisure centre and a range of mixed-use buildings from 6 to 50 storeys which are projected to be delivered over a 15 year period. All aspects of the design are promised to convey the unique, natural characteristics of Canada Water in their design.
Click here for a video of an interactive model which helps show the extent of the plans in more detail.
The area around Canada Water has witnessed multiple new developments in recent years including the modern public library, public plaza and many new residential developments by the nation’s most reputable property developers. One of our landlords commented about the activity in the area saying, "Canada Water has seen a great ride with its advancements so far. As long as they continue down the same path to provide its residents with more cafes, restaurants and leisure centres, it will only be positive for the area."
The Masterplan will be submitted to Southwark Council towards the beginning of 2017 with construction anticipated to start in 2017-2018.
To learn more, please visit http://canadawatermasterplan.com or refer to the Canada Water Masterplan FAQ page.