Royal Albert Wharf
Identified as the capital’s next business district, the historic Royal Docks area is undergoing extensive redevelopment and gaining thousands of new homes. Royal Albert Wharf is a step towards this wider regeneration, building over 1,800 homes at least 40% of which will be affordable housing.
At a glance
The Royal Docks form the largest enclosed docks in the world, surrounding nearly 250 acres of water. The whole area is set to gain over 9,000 new homes by 2027. The redevelopment will include commercial, retail, arts, leisure and community space
Royal Albert Wharf is the assembly of three different sites within the Docks into a single scheme with integrated masterplanning and a coherent design approach. In 2018 Phase 1 of the scheme won the RICS London Residential Property of the Year Award, the RIBA London Award, and the Brick Award for Large Development.
- Architects: MacCreanorLavington; Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; PRP Architects; Delvendahl Martin
- Contractor: Galliford Try/Vistry Partnerships; Telford Homes
- Units: 1856 (989 private sale, 398 shared ownership, 243 affordable rent, 87 London Living Rent, 29 social rent, 73 private rent)
Explore the development
About Royal Albert Wharf, Newham
What's happened so far
We've been working in the Royal Albert Basin since we acquired our first site, Great Eastern Quays, in 2008. Four years later the GLA selected us as the preferred partner to deliver the neighbouring site, Gallions Quarter. Five years after that we were selected again to deliver Gallions 3B. Between the three sites we are delivering over 1,800 new homes to the area, masterplanning and marketing them as a single coherent development. As of October 2020 almost 1,000 new homes had been completed, 35% of which are affordable housing.
We consulted extensively with the local communities in Beckton and Woolwich to design new public spaces and useful communal and retail facilities. 8,700 square metres of new commercial, retail, leisure and community space will create hubs around the Gallions Reach DLR station and the dock waterfront. Work space, cafés and bars are already beginning to line the dock, where a 100-year old Edwardian ‘Pump House’ still operates. New areas of public realm include Gallions Green linear park, a square at Gallions Reach DLR, and a waterside promenade around the Albert Dock. Public transport, pedestrian and cycle routes are also being improved.
Educational charity Bow Arts has leased over 900 sqm of affordable workspace, which includes their own offices as well as creative industries and small and medium enterprises. Artist studios, workshops and startup spaces are provided. Bow Arts also curates a programme of public art delivery, including artists in residence programmes, sculpture installations such as Newham for Empathy, and the award-winning RAW Rainbow: a community-driven installation created from sustainably-sourced ribbon in response to the global pandemic, and initiated as a way to bring local residents together while maintaining social distancing.