Royal Albert Dock
This disused dockyard in Newham, East London, is set to benefit from plans to redevelop the area into a new Asian Business Port, serving as a third business district for the capital. The clients, ABP, working with their UK development partners Stanhope, envisage a 35-acre hub for Asian companies in the city, and an opportunity for interaction between many international businesses in one dedicated location.
ABP have signed a deal with the GLA to purchase this land on the historical east-end waterfront, famous for its links with trade and commerce, based on the current masterplan by Farrells Architects. When complete, the development will be home to more than 303,000 m² of office space, and associated amenities will be set within walking distance. The site is conveniently close to London City Airport, the ExCeL Centre and the Emirates cable car; already excellent local transport links will also be improved.
Phase 1 of the project will incorporate over 133,000 m² of development, comprising commercial space alongside retail and leisure amenities, together with landscaping and public spaces. The scheme is primed to offer a wide spectrum of office typologies, with smaller flexible spaces along the waterfront and taller buildings behind. The client has teamed up with a further three architects in the design to form a variety of individual blocks, to suit the needs of a range of prospective buyers. Standardisation of design is paramount in providing highly efficient, economical structures which will maximise the site’s potential for profit.
The site is affected by a number of constraints, most notably the condition of the ageing dock wall, which will be subject to extensive survey work prior to construction. Due to its proximity to the airport, taller buildings will be designed to be constructed using bespoke methodologies which limit crane usage in no-fly zones.
Masterplan to develop old docklands close to the City of London into a brand new business district