Demolition work has started at Northern & Shell’s Westferry Printworks site in London’s Docklands.
The development, which secured planning permission last August, will be spread out on a 15-acre site. It will feature over 700 new private and affordable homes on a buy or rent basis.
The project will also comprise open spaces and waterside walks, two new parks and a new south facing dockside waterfront promenade, restaurants, bars and shops, sporting facilities, a new community centre and creche, healthcare amenities, a cultural hub, and a new secondary school.
Northern & Shell founder and owner Richard Desmond said: “My company, Northern & Shell, was the first owner, developer and occupier in 1982 in London Docklands and we moved our publishing business and headquarters there. This helped our small business then to expand and we have been proud to be associated with the regeneration of London Docklands for 35 years.
“This connection was reinforced with our acquisition of the Express Newspapers group in 2000 together with its ground breaking printing operation – Westferry Printworks which provided hundreds of jobs for the people of Docklands and the surrounding area.
I am therefore delighted to be implementing our vision for the next generation of Docklands residents with our new neighbourhood here in the centre of London’s Docklands, just minutes from Canary Wharf.”
Mace is serving as the project development manager.
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