The stunning new Thames riverfront development in the heart of the Royal Docks.
By Natalie Robinson
People and places inspire my work and imagination as a creative professional. When I first moved to the Royal Docks, it felt like home – the vast waterscape is the epitome of tranquillity and a source of inspiration for creative thinking. Where you live and with whom you surround yourself influence personal growth and happiness. “A workshop of the world”, the Royal Docks is home to many creative professionals, artists and practitioners, a melting pot of cultural organisations, enterprises and community spirit.
Ballymore and Oxley have launched Riverscape, a stunning new Thames riverfront development in the heart of the Royal Docks. Riverscape is set to be one of the capital’s greenest and best-connected riverside developments, perfectly located on the River Thames, between the 40-acre Royal Wharf estate and Lyle Park. Minutes from two Docklands Light Rail stations and a short walk to Crossrail, Riverscape has been designed with a forward-thinking ‘new age of living’ in mind; panoramic waterfront views and lush green open spaces combine to create a real sense of calm.
The south-facing waterfront position of the development allows for uninterrupted views across the Thames, green parkland and the iconic Canary Wharf skyline. The wide riverside promenades link the development to the Royal Wharf Estate and beyond, while the Royal Wharf Pier, which opened in 2019, will enable residents to catch the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers from their doorstep, allowing the river to become an integral part of their lifestyle.
Green open spaces
Not only does Riverscape enjoy unrivalled access to two of London’s riverside parks, but lush green open spaces designed by Huw Morgan will be at the very core of the development, with over 5,500 m2 of beautiful courtyards and walkways of green pines and ornamental Japanese and American maples. 24 acres of parkland ‘book-end’ the development, with the historic Lyle Park at one end, and Thames Barrier Park at the other, allowing residents to enjoy getting ‘back-to-nature’.
Capitalising on the Royal Docks regeneration story
The official launch of Riverscape offers the opportunity for Londoners to become part of the Royal Dock’s success story. Once the world’s largest enclosed dockland, Royal Docks has already established itself as London’s most ambitious regeneration area and its only Enterprise Zone.
A further £8 billion is set to be invested in the area, delivering 25,000 new homes and 60,000 jobs over the coming years. The nearby Crystal building has become home to the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority, inevitably attracting further investment and business to the area. The ExCel centre is set to expand by 12,000 sq. m., while £500m is being invested in neighbouring London City Airport to strengthen Royal Docks’ direct links to the city and expand global flight routes.
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