Developer adapts Canada Water masterplan

By Marco Cillario - Fri 6 January 2017, 2:45 pm

Developer British Land's Canada Water masterplan has been adapted to include new buildings, while some have been brought back into use on a temporary basis.

The company has acquired the Dock Manager’s Office and 1-14 Dock Offices behind Surrey Quays Road and Deal Porters Way.

Plans are in place for a new urban centre for Canada Water on an 18.6-ha site including the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Surrey Quays Leisure Park and the SE16 Printworks. According to British Land, the site has the potential to deliver more than 650,000sq m of mixed-use space, including up to 3,500 new homes and around 186,000sq m of employment space.

The acquisition of the two grade-II listed buildings, previously on the edge of the site, means the Dock Offices can be integrated into the masterplan proposals.

Roger Madelin, head of Canada Water Development at British Land, said: “This purchase represents an exciting opportunity to consider these historic buildings as part of the masterplan for the area.

“A key focus will be how the public realm can be enhanced to provide more of a setting for this important piece of the docks’ heritage.”

British Land said it has no intention to change the appearance of the buildings or the status of the tenants.

The draft masterplan was the subject of a series of public consultation events in 2016. The developer is considering the feedback received and reviewing the proposals, with a view of submitting a planning application in 2017. Further consultation events will take place this year.

In the meantime, parts of the site are being transformed to be brought into “meanwhile” use.

The CWM Hub at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre has been refurbished into a dedicated consultation space, also available for community use.

Events company Xcite has submitted a planning application to temporarily transform the Printworks building into a mixed events venue.

British Land is working with Global Generation on a programme of mini-workshops and work experience with local schools and community organisations.