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Haworth Tompkins submits masterplan for £300m London Docklands scheme

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Haworth Tompkins has put forward designs for the £300 million regeneration of Albert Island at London’s Royal Docks, just east of City Airport

Working for developer London + Regional, the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize-winning practice has lodged its masterplan for the 10ha GLA-owned site to Newham Council.

The project, which includes a new shipyard on the River Thames, 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 and an ‘Ideas Factory’, to accommodate a variety of innovation spaces, start-up businesses and educational usages.

Proposals are also being considered for a London Institute of Transport Technology, supported by Queen Mary University of London and Newham College.

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. 

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

London + Regional was awarded the contract to redevelop the site in March 2018 and revealed concept designs last year. The project will be led by Richard Gibbs, who was the strategic developer behind Hawkins\Brown’s award-winning Here East in Stratford.

Graham Haworth, director at Haworth Tompkins, said: ’Our approach to this scheme has been influenced by the continued loss of light industrial space throughout London.

’Riverfront locations in particular tend to be absorbed by residential uses, yet there is an acute need for the provision of intensified industrial space to provide state-of-the-art accommodation relevant to the economic needs of modern London.’

The design team includes LDA Design as landscape architect and industrial architecture specialists Ashton Smith.

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

Submitted: Albert Island proposals by Haworth Tompkins (Feb 2020)

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