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Haworth Tompkins reveals £300m London Docklands scheme

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Haworth Tompkins has revealed designs for a £300 million scheme to regenerate Albert Island at the eastern end of London’s Royal Docks

The 2014 Stirling Prize-winning practice is masterplanning the redevelopment of the 10ha GLA-owned site for developer London + Regional, which includes a new shipyard on the River Thames. The design team includes LDA Design as landscape architect.

The project will restore full public access to the island and create a transport and engineering education hub and a research quarter. The proposals also aim to overhaul the marina to create a fully functioning mooring.

A new boatyard will include Europe’s biggest ship lift, to service and repair Thames riverboats, as well as industrial units and a makers’ yard. 

There are also plans for eco-charity Thames21 to establish a ‘river centre’ on the island, to connect people with the working history of the river through educational and outreach activities.

London + Regional was awarded the contract to redevelop the site in March. The project will be led by Richard Gibbs, who was the strategic developer behind Hawkins\Brown’s award-winning Here East in Stratford.

Gibbs said: ‘This project is enormously important for both east London and for London as whole, and we know it will bring huge benefits to local people in Newham and the neighbouring boroughs.

‘At the project’s maturity, we would hope that the island will be populated with the types of organisations and businesses that echo the strong manufacturing and engineering traditions which have always been part of east London –  employing, we estimate, between five and six thousand people.’

London + Regional aims to secure planning permission for the project in the next 18 months. 

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