A playful public realm for Royal Albert Wharf
Community, connectivity and placemaking are at the heart of public realm enhancements in Royal Albert Wharf. Two new play areas, improved walking and cycling routes and the revival of a scenic riverside pathway are connecting communities and making the most of this remarkable waterside neighbourhood.
In Gallions Quarter, a new linear park now runs alongside the DLR at Gallions Reach, linking three communal courtyards and creating an inclusive and vibrant space for neighbours to connect, play and relax. From table tennis to climbing blocks, the park’s cutting-edge designs and innovative play equipment offer something for everyone, from the youngest adventurers to the young at heart. The half-court Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), perfect for a game of basketball or 5-aside football, is a stand-out feature offering a dedicated space for team sports and friendly competition.
While in Great Eastern Quays, where the River Thames meets the Royal Docks, a new play area sits alongside an improved and re-opened riverside walk - reconnecting this corner of East London to the Capital Ring. Temporarily closed due to redevelopment, this section of the capital’s circular walking route is now accessible and much enhanced by improved landscaping, tree planting and recreational areas.
Blending the area’s rich heritage with contemporary vision, an exciting new community is emerging in Royal Albert Wharf. Once all phases are complete, the development led by Notting Hill Genesis will deliver over 1,800 new homes. Affordable housing will make up 42% of these homes, made possible through more than £34m funding support from the Greater London Authority. In addition, 9,100sqm of commercial space will be brought forward, complimenting the existing studio space for creatives managed by Bow Arts, to create a vibrant mixed-use development for people to live and work.
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