Detailed plans revealed for huge Canada Water development

Admin (18 January, 2018)

Closed-down Rotherhithe police station is now part of the plans

20664Evening view looking north east across town square

Detailed plans for the first phase of the 46-acre Canada Water Masterplan development have been unveiled, and show that the former Rotherhithe police station is also now part of the development.

British Land revealed its updated plans for the project, which covers Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, SE16 Printworks, and the historic Dock Offices in public concultations, which started last week.

The latest plans show that the recently-vacated Rotherhithe police station, in Lower Road, will now also form part of the development.

The scheme plans to create a new town centre and high street for the area with a mix of uses including offices, retail, leisure, community and public spaces, as well as up to 3,500 new homes “for a range of ages, incomes and life stage”.

Updated plans showing changes to the masterplan since May include the first detailed buildings across three plots which incorporate the Surrey Quays shopping centre car parks between Deal Porters Way and Canada Water Dock, and Roberts Close.

Together, the first three detailed plots will provide 269 new homes – including affordable housing across a range of tenures – about 285,000 sq ft of workspace, a potential leisure centre, shops and places to eat and drink.

An improved wetland habitat in Canada Water Dock is also included in the plots, as well as an enhanced Dock Office courtyard and community square, and a new pedestrian/cycle link to Lower Road.

Since the last public exhibitions in May, a Canada Water Charter is now under development, and the boundary of Canada Water Dock has been extended to include the main water body and the dock crossing realigned and redesigned to allow more open water.

The plans propose to realign routes for a link to Surrey Quays Station, allowing space for a potential second entrance in the future.

Less basement parking is proposed, with town centre parking now situation both under the Tesco store and within a multi-storey car park.

A reshaped, slightly larger park, also forms part of the updated plans.

If a planning application is approved in autumn, it is expected work to build the first plots could begin in spring 2019 and the buildings could be in use by a target date of 2022.

It is expected that the masterplan will be built out in stages with a target completion date of 2033.


Public exhibitions will be held in the Canada Water Masterplan hub at Surrey Quays shopping centre (opposite Tesco), SE16 7LL:

  • Thursday, Jan 18, 4pm-8pm
  • Saturday, Jan 20, 10am-4pm

Local mini-exhibitions:

  • Tuesday, Jan 30, 5.30pm-8pm, SilverLock Hall, Warndon Street, SE16 2SB
  • Wednesday, Jan 31, 5.30pm-8pm, Mayflower Hall, 31 Neptune Street, SE16 7JP

Feedback to the consultation can be submitted by visiting: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CWMexhibition

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