Buyers looking for a well-connected future are getting the chance to invest in a new development alongside the island runway of London City airport.
Royal Albert Wharf in Beckton will also have a marina and boatyard, plus access to the Docklands Light Railway. The project forms part of a wider vision for the “Royals” — Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and King George V Dock. This giant tract of land, equivalent in size to the area from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge, with 12 miles of waterfront, is poised to be transformed into a “mini city”.
At the height of the Empire a century ago, the Royal Docks were the world’s greatest docks. Attempts to revive the area as a global trading hub have seen science and business parks move in, as well as a huge commerce and technology “port” aimed initially at Asia-Pacific companies. As a place to live, the area is still a frontierland, but buyers are putting down roots and investing in the future. The same happened at Canary Wharf 20 years ago.
Far from being an environmental negative, the airport is seen as a big plus for the area. It serves 30 UK and European destinations and has a London-New York link, convenient for Canary Wharf business travellers, while the use of smaller aircraft and a ban on night flights reduces noise nuisance for local residents.
Proximity to the airport has governed the height of buildings at Royal Albert Wharf, where the first phase of 350 new homes has been unveiled. Mid-rise brick-façade apartment blocks are grouped around the dock and a handsome Edwardian pump house. Apartments have enclosed winter gardens.
A new bridge across the dock will link the flats with shops and offices. Prices from £335,000, with shared ownership available. Call Notting Hill Housing on 020 8357 4444.