This website will be kept temporarily active to provide a record of the successful partnership and work between BL Canada Quays, the London Borough of Southwark, and the local community of Rotherhithe.
The original British Land Canada Quays partnership at Canada Water has now dispersed following the successful delivery of the area formally known as Sites A and B. This has delivered 900 new homes including 234 affordable, a new civic heart with the creation of the Canada Water Library and Plaza, and the creation of new spaces and accessible routes.
The final phase of residential housing on Site A continues to be built by Barratt Homes scheduled for completion by 2014. Canada Quays Ltd is continuing in partnership with Southwark Council to deliver in the area. British Land as joint owners of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre is bringing forward plans to refurbish and extend the shopping centre.
The first project was developed with Albion Primary School in association with Barratt Homes.
Situated in the heart of Rotherhithe - a port since the 12th century or earlier, and a ship yard since Elizabethan times. The docks were closed and filled in the 1980’s and the land developed into riverside residential housing. There has been a school on the Albion Primary School site since Victorian times, with the present school being rebuilt in the 1960’s.
This project involved inviting a group of pupils to come on site for a morning, to find out more about the build programme, to meet some of the workers, and to interview workers about their jobs. The children prepared their questions in advance, and videos were taken on the day. The children also had a chance to have a go at bricklaying!
After the visit, the web designer went into the school to work with the pupils to help design the website. Part of the process involved producing drawings which the pupils scanned in on a computer and are used as graphics throughout the site as well as in the gallery of our favourite places.