Our NLA Nights programme brings together the board cross section of NLA members to meet informally in some of London’s most exciting new developments and areas of change. The most recent event was hosted by Ballymore and Oxley Holdings at their Royal Wharf development.
Starting from Pontoon Dock DLR station, tours through the development were led by Ballymore and Knight Frank, highlighting the large scale and variety of buildings and spaces in the first phase of the development, which comprises of town houses, flats, retail.
John Turner, Director of Town Planner at Ballymore explained that the design of Royal Wharf draws on the Georgian heritage of London’s squares and neighbourhoods, with a network of town squares leading into residential streets, and are keen for it to have a vibrant neighbourhood and strong community feel.
Planning permission was granted in March 2012 for 3.9 million sq of floor space, work started in 2014, and currently employs 2,000 construction workers making it one of the largest construction sites in Europe. 45% of the site will be dedicated to open space, including 500 meters of river front promenade plus a high street and market square, the site will be served by a new Thames Clipper service.
Glen Howells Architects masterplanned the development who also designed the existing marketing suite, which will eventually be removed to extend the largest park in the development to be 2.4acres of open green space.
Debbie Whitfield, Deputy Chair, NLA said the scheme sets a high bar for the transformation of Royal Docks, in an exciting area of change and growth potential for London.
For more information on the project visit www.royalwharf.com