The development, a joint venture between Linkcity and Grainger plc (backed by the London Pension Funds Authority), and the GLA, who own the land, has been developed as part of a new covenant to relieve pressure on the capital’s housing market, raise the standards of the private rental market and deliver a mix of homes for the local area.
Set in three buildings with heights ranging between five to 14 storeys, this landmark Build to Rent development provides 154 private rented apartments, and 82 affordable homes made up of 52% affordable homes for rent and 48% shared ownership homes, and will be professionally run by Grainger plc over the long term.
The new homes, which are designed specifically for rent, will be supported by a number of residents’ amenities, rooftop terraces and improved access to the adjacent Thames Barrier Park. The buildings are set above a shared podium which takes advantages of the changes in level of the site. This podium will address the public realm of Pontoon Dock Station concourse with flexible retail units and residents’ entrances. It will also conceal residents’ parking, servicing and plant access.
When complete in 2019, this development will transform the former DLR car park site in the Royal Docks into an integral part of the public realm, facilitating access to the popular Thames Barrier Park through the creation of a grand entrance. The design of the public realm will be legible and robust to take into account the additional future footfall from emerging developments such as Silvertown Quays and Royal Wharf.
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