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Green light for Canada Water commercial scheme

Southwark Council has granted permission for a 140,000m2 commercially-driven scheme at Canada Water in south London to go ahead.

The 4.5-acre site known as Canada Water Dockside is said to be one of London’s largest and most innovative developments that sits at the heart of the wider Canada Water regeneration area.

According to the developer, Art-Invest Real Estate UK, it will bring an exciting and unique proposition; a new workspace hub offering Grade A, sustainability-led buildings with new places to eat, drink and relax fronting the water’s edge, surrounded by 130 acres of open green space.

Canada Water Dockside will provide flexible and future-focussed workspaces for up to 10,000 people, alongside new community and public spaces providing a network of vibrant and socially and ecologically rich environments. Marking a departure from the traditional office offer, its designs respond to a post-pandemic paradigm change in aspirations for workplaces and draw on the area’s abundance of green and blue infrastructure.

Comprising 22,296m2 of space across 11 storeys, the project’s main building will be a new type of office for London. It has been designed to meet ambitious sustainability standards, including BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.

Ali Abbas, Managing Director, Art-Invest Real Estate UK, commented: “We are pleased to have secured approval for this scheme. Canada Water Dockside is an incredibly special project for us. Our vision for the scheme always went beyond delivering world class office buildings; we wanted to create a commercial hub rooted in health, wellness and community to complement our location at the heart of the new town centre.

“Canada Water Dockside being so well connected to the City, east London, and central London, with Bond Street just ten minutes away, will shift the focus of London’s workspace offer. We look forward to continuing to work with all our partners to bring forward this new and exciting place to work, relax and play beside the revitalised historic dock.”

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