Canada water An innovatively-designed, freestanding library is the latest completed element in Canada Water’s regeneration and the ongoing renewal of Rotherhithe. Designed as an inverted pyramid by Piers Gough of CZWG Architects, the library (pictured below) crowns Canada Water tube station, Canada Water Basin and a thoughtfully crafted surrounding plaza. The 2,700sq m building also contains a 150-seat performance space, a cafe and teaching area. The library stands as the most visual element of Canada Water’s 30-ha multiplesite regeneration, led by Southwark Council and BL Canada Quays – a 50-50 joint venture between British Land and regeneration specialists, Canada Quays. Canada Water’s transformation will give Rotherhithe residents new opportunities to shop, socialise and relax by the waterside or unwind in a newly created civic square. The project will also deliver 2,700 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, as well as increasing retail, office and leisure space. The regeneration momentum is picking up. An area action plan, publicly examined last summer, will enshrine a framework for the entire Canada Water area when, as expected, it will be adopted early next year. Meanwhile, 390 contemporary new homes, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, have already been completed at Barratt’s award-winning, landscaped Maple Quays development with its Canadian-themed Vancouver (pictured right) and Ottawa apartment buildings. A further 503 homes are also under construction. Sellar Design and Development, also responsible for the Shard and the Place at the new London Bridge Quarter, have entered into a development partnership with Investec Private Bank to bring forward a high-quality, mixed-use, waterfront development on a 3-ha site at the heart of Canada Water. British Land is also leading on the expansion of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. A 10,000sq m extension aims to offer a location for 15-20 new shops and restaurants. The existing 26,292sq m mall, anchored by Tesco Extra and BHS, will be refurbished and extensively landscaped. Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) has announced that by 2014, its print operation will move from the 5.5-ha Harmsworth Printing plant in Surrey Quays. This means interest will grow in this strategically important site, which is owned by Southwark Council and leased to Harmsworth Printing.
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