Docklands News

CWG’s Wood Wharf plans gather pace

The Canary Wharf Group is making one its first forays into residential property, with a significant amount of build-to-rent stock, to be managed by its Vertus arm. A 327-unit building at 10 George Street, at Wood Wharf to the east of the Canary Wharf estate, will be the first to be completed, in December 2019, followed by 8 Water Street, with 174 units. The “flagship” of the Vertus estate, Newfoundland, to be finished in the second quarter of 2020, is a 60-storey, 636-apartment tower with a distinctive ‘diagrid’ design. Wood Wharf, one of the largest development sites in the capital, will eventually provide 3,300 new homes, almost 2m sq ft of office space, and 490,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and community facilities.

Property Week (08/11/2018)

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Shared ownership flats on sale at Upton Gardens

West Ham United’s old Boleyn Ground is being redeveloped into residential property, with 842 homes planned for the Green Street scheme, built around the pitch space once graced by Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst. Private homes at Upton Gardens are priced from £347,990, rising to £511,990; however, a new tranche of less-expensive homes at the Barratt London site has just gone on the market, with a 35% share of a one-bedroom flat available from £115,500, and a two-bed from £139,650.

Evening Standard (05/11/2018)

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London buyers flock to high-return areas

New findings from Dataloft and Mount Anvil, the developer behind Canary Wharf’s Royal Docks West project, show that new flats in regenerating areas in London are the best buy for the long term. Sales prices of apartments in large regeneration projects have risen by an average of 17% per year between 2012 and 2016, in contrast to non-regeneration schemes in inner London, the report found. “We have observed a fundamental shift in the mindset of owner-occupiers in the past 18 months… Capital growth potential has emerged as [a critical factor], particularly in light of stamp duty costs,” says Mount Anvil’s Jon Hall.

Evening Standard (02/11/2018)

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House price growth weakest for five years, Halifax says

House prices are enduring their lowest rate of annual growth since March 2013, according to Halifax's latest house price index, leaving the average price of a house at £227,869 in October. The rate of annual growth slipped to 1.5% in the three months to October, the lowest annual rate seen since 2013 and a drop in growth rate of 1% from September. Jeremy Leaf, former RICS residential chairman, said however that "listings are increasing and four out of five sellers are said to be buyers - so there are some small grounds for optimism when the Brexit fog finally clears."

The Daily Telegraph (07/11/2018)

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Wood Wharf development tops out at 450ft

Canary Wharf’s first ever residential development has topped out at 450ft above ground level, a year ahead of its first residents moving in. The building at 10 Park Drive in the Wood Wharf neighbourhood at Blackwall has 345 apartments, with 74 studio, 115 one-bed, 141 two-bed and 15 three-bed properties; part of a 3,600 home district that will also include 380,000 sq ft of retail space, a doctor’s surgery, hotel, new primary school for 420 children, community sports hall and four public open spaces. 10 Park Drive is 80% sold and is currently off the market; however, apartments at nearby One Park Drive are currently on the market, with homes available from £825,000.

Property Funds World (30/10/2018)   East London Advertiser (30/10/2018)

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Tower Hamlets green-lights Westferry development

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has granted planning permission to Rockwell Property for a hotel-led development at 82 West India Dock Road in Westferry. Located at the gateway to Canary Wharf, and next to Westferry DLR station, the 30-storey building will host a 400-room hotel and 66 new apartments, of which 35% will be affordable for local families; it has been designed by Simpson Haugh & Partners, the architects responsible for One Blackfriars and Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station.  Construction is due to start on the site in the summer next year.

Property Week (26/10/2018)

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