Royal Albert Basin
The Royal Albert Basin is the easternmost part of the Royal Docks and now a thriving community of apartments and businesses in what is now known as the Gallions Quarter, right next to the River Thames. There is a busy leisure craft marina, and a new development of apartments will provide the opportunity to live both close to the river and the docks with the Gallions DLR station close by.
There have been a number of developments in the area. The One Housing/CityStyle scheme in 2006 saw the development of 76 homes for private sale together with 13 affordable homes. This development sits in the heart of a regeneration area, close to the Galleons Reach Docklands Light Railway station. The homes offer views across the Thames, shared and private outdoor spaces and on-site parking as well as a children’s play area. The development was completed in November 2016 at the cost of £22.7 million.
The Mayor of London entered into the development agreement with Notting Hill Housing to develop this residential-led scheme to provide 700 homes, and 4,500 square meters of ancillary commercial, retail and community space, and the entire development is due to be completed by the end of 2018.
Pontoon Dock was initially the site of a repair facility built in the late 1850s on the south side of what was to become Royal Victoria Dock. Pontoon Dock used hydraulic jacks to raise vessels out of the water onto pontoons, which were then drained of their ballast water shunted for servicing or repair. By the end of the 19th century when ships had become too big to lift, the dock switched to handling grain imports. Several granaries and flour mills were replaced after a massive explosion in 1917 and these Millennium Mills are now included in the latest regeneration project.
Slightly to the south, Pontoon Dock DLR station opened in December 2005. After many failed starts the regeneration of the Pontoon Dock will see the creation of 154 high-quality private rented homes and 82 affordable homes for rent or shared ownership next to the Thames Barrier Park at Pontoon Dock. The project also includes new shops, landscaping, and improved access to the park, and is set to be completed in 2019. The iconic Millennium Mills building is being transformed into homes, whilst this whole area known as Silvertown is being lauded as London’s most exciting and innovative regeneration projects.
Royal Albert Dock
Royal Albert Dock is situated within London's only Enterprise Zone which means it has access to initiatives from the UK Government and London Government designed to accelerate business growth. The results are already showing. The once run-down stretch of waterfront has transformed acres into a district of commercial office, retail and leisure space.
On one side of London City Airport’s runway, Royal Albert Dock is now home to the London Watersports Centre with its 2,000-metre international rowing course hosting regattas and competitions as well as training sessions. At the far end of Royal Albert Dock is the main campus of the University of East London including a state-of-the-art sports facility called Sports Dock including a gym that was built and equipped for the USA Olympic team during London 2012.
Chinese developer ABP has invested in a five-year project to improve the areas transport infrastructure further and stimulate economic development along east London’s waterways. This includes the high-speed Elizabeth line at Custom House station that will significantly improve transport links into central London. London City Airport is also marked for redevelopment so that the area can become one of the capital’s best-connected locations.