• 4 October 2019

Major Canada Water regeneration plans approved

Waterman is delighted that Southwark Council Planning Committee have resolved to grant planning permission for the 53-acre redevelopment of Canada Water, south London. The 53-acre, mixed-use scheme, to be delivered by the Canada Water Masterplan team, led by British Land, encompasses the sites of the former Daily Mail print works, the Surrey Quays Shopping and Leisure Centre, the Dock Offices and the former Rotherhithe Police Station.

Over the next 15 years, the masterplan will completely rejuvenate the area, creating around 20,000 jobs in two-million sq ft of new workspace, also adding one-million sq ft of retail, leisure, entertainment, education and community space. In a major boost to local housing, the development will create 3,000 new homes of which 35% will be ‘affordable’ with 70% of these to be social rental properties. Residents will be able to enjoy over 12 acres of new public open space – including a 3.5-acre park, a new town square, the first new high street in London for 100 years and 16 new streets.

Chris Grigg, Chief Executive of British Land, said in a statement: “We have an incredible opportunity at Canada Water to create a vibrant neighbourhood for people to live, work and enjoy. We’re hugely excited about delivering this exceptional, mixed-use and sustainable landmark development, which has been designed to support people’s wellbeing. We thank the Council for all their hard-work and we look forward to continuing to work with them and the local community.”

Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “We are delighted that this major step towards our vision for Canada Water has been approved. The masterplan provides the blueprint for an exciting new town centre that will provide thousands of new homes, particularly hundreds of new social rent homes, new jobs and opportunities, new open spaces and a brand-new leisure centre for Rotherhithe in the first phase of the work.”

Waterman have been integral to the planning application process, from reviewing the initial parameter plans and advising on the physical and environmental constraints and design of the Masterplan, to corresponding to post-submission feedback. Our team provided a range of multidisciplinary services in support of the scheme, including: Infrastructure and services and structural engineering, flood and civil engineering design; environmental impact assessment; air quality, noise and vibration, ecology, ground conditions, contamination and arboricultural assessments.

Neil Humphrey, Waterman Infrastructure & Environment’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is a major milestone for an important project which will re-shape a large area of south London. We are delighted to see the masterplan secure approval and look forward to continuing our involvement with the scheme over the coming years.”

To find out more about the Canada Water Masterplan, click here.