Royal Docks: Great Eastern Quays construction to start

By Beth Allcock on August 22, 2014 8:02 AM |

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Construction is set to begin on a £141million Royal Docks regeneration project - the largest of its kind in western Europe.

Developer Notting Hill Housing (NHH) last week announced it had appointed Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver 350 new homes at Great Eastern Quays, with the build starting immediately.

The development's first phase will include one, two and three-bedroom properties. More than a third will have four bedrooms, however, in line with Newham Council's focus on family accommodation.

A 44% chunk will also be reserved for affordable housing which will include shared ownership and affordable rent tenures.

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Kate Davies, chief executive of NHH, said: "Playing our part within the largest urban regeneration project in western Europe will indelibly shape the place and create more quality homes across the capital.

"We support the vision, crafted by Newham Council and the GLA, for the regeneration of Royal Docks.

"We are investing heavily in what we believe will become a major new centre for homes, business and leisure in east London.

"GEQ will provide new opportunities for local people and those who want to be part of the renaissance.

"We will retain 73 of the homes on the first phase for our Market Rent portfolio, showing our confidence in the locality, the likelihood of value growth, and our desire to make homes available to a wide range of people."

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In total, the development will offer 819 new residential homes, garden squares, a riverside bar and restaurant, and retail and business space.

The initial stage of the scheme will include commercial space specifically targeted at business start-ups as well as new pedestrian and cycle routes.

Its overall design is intended to reflect the heritage of the docks while preserving original features such as a 100-year-old pumping station.

Akay Zorlu, associate director of the development's concept architect Maccreanor Lavington, said: "We felt it was important to create something special where the Royal Docks meet the Thames and a place unique to this area of London."

Go to greateasternquays.org.uk.