Caxton Works, Canning Town
On a site just off Silvertown Way, at the gateway to London’s Royal Docks in Canning Town, sits a 2-acre site previously occupied by two thriving businesses – Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical. Between them these businesses employed over 100 people as part of a once thriving community. We have big plans to rebuild a vibrant community which will provide new homes, encourage businesses and attract forward-thinking enterprises.
Our architects Studio Egret West have created a beautiful scheme to help us realise our vision for the site including the provision of 336 much needed new homes. Hoy Street, at the heart of this new community, will be part pedestrianised from 7am to 7pm. The commercial units on the ground and mezzanine levels have been designed to attract growing businesses in need of affordable space. Caxton Street North has the potential to become a new local destination in this part of London because companies based there will be able to adapt their space to different ways of trading, for example, by throwing their doors open on weekend mornings.
Below: Caxton Street North Looking South
Creative charity, The House of Fairytales (who moved into one of the current warehouses last year) has helped us to breathe new life in to the tired, disused industrial buildings by starting outreach work with local schools and other arts-based organisations in the wider community and as a result, the old factories are already hosting exhibitions and workshops for local children.
At Cathedral we are consumed with a passion for creating new, thriving and sustainable places. Our friends at the House of Fairytales are a group of extraordinary people who exist to change hearts and minds, Through creative engagement with local children, their team of artists, performers, writers, educationalists, designers, musicians, film makers, dreamers and philosophers, led by artist Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, create magical, parallel worlds as transformative learning experiences for young people of all ages and their families.
The House of Fairytales helped us to create the framework for the way we engaged with the local community throughout our design and development process.Their presence on-site has led to more companies starting to take an interest in the area and there is a buzz of excitement and expectation. We are hoping that the House of Fairytales will become an integral part of the new development.
Caxton Works is five minutes walk from Canning Town Underground and DLR station and in close proximity to the new Emirates cable car terminal. The planning application was submitted to the London Borough of Newham in August 2013. On October 15th the London Borough of Newham resolved to grant planning permission for Caxton Works. The Planning Committee was unanimous in the decision to back our redevelopment of the former Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical warehouse which will deliver a significant boost to the local area with new homes and a vibrant community which will provide jobs, encourage businesses and attract forward thinking enterprises. Our next step will be gaining approval from the GLA and finalising the s106 agreements, both which will hopefully be done and dusted by the end of the year. Subject to these agreements, we anticipate that construction work will begin in September 2014 with the first buildings completed in 2016.
Find out more about The House of Fairytales www.houseoffairytales.org
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