London Dock plans gain approval from Tower Hamlets Council

This is the text of a press release distributed by St. George.

“The London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Strategic Development Committee has resolved to grant planning approval from for St George’s redevelopment of London Dock in Wapping. The plans will transform the 15 acre former News International print works into a vibrant new mixed use and residential-led development in the heart of London.

The plans were developed after 18 months of extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders. The development, designed by Patel Taylor, will break down the barrier of the former Fortress Wapping into a distinctive masterplan with permeable routes through the site and varied landscapes inspired by the heritage of the historic London Dock.

The plans will provide:

  • Up to 1,800 new homes including 486 affordable homes
  • Land for a new six form entry secondary school with a sixth form
  • Over 20,000m2 of commercial space which could support up to 1,200 new jobs
  • New pedestrian routes through the site to link up the communities living around London Dock
  • A varied skyline with buildings ranging from 5-25 storeys

Over half the new development will be open space; 75% of which will be publicly accessible. The open space will be provided in different and distinct character areas:

  • A new civic square at the main entrance to the site – comparable in size to Granary Square, Kings Cross
  • Quayside – a vibrant new street next to Pennington Street Warehouse
  • Landscaped gardens – providing areas of quiet retreat
  • Water gardens located between the buildings offering both physical and visual amenity
  • A 375m promenade providing a strong connection from the west to east and to the south in to the heart of Wapping

The Grade II listed Pennington Street Warehouse will be at the heart of the development and will be bought back to life with a mix of interesting and eclectic uses such as cafes, restaurants and small offices. The UK’s leading heritage architects, Richard Griffiths Architects have prepared plans that sensitively revitalise the warehouse and link to the new development proposals.

Ross Faragher, Managing Director, St George PLC said: ‘We are delighted that Tower Hamlets Council has resolved to grant consent for this exceptional development. In providing high quality homes, new commercial space and land for a new secondary school all set in a beautifully landscaped site we will create a fantastic place for a new vibrant community to thrive.  We look forward to continue working with Tower Hamlets Council and the local community as the development progresses’

Work on phase one of the development which will include 70 affordable homes in Times House, and a new civic square is due to commence in spring 2014.”

Also see: Wapping residents concerns re London Dock development

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