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Royal Docks



Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Silvertown Quays, E16
  2. Albert Island, E16
  3. Thameside West, E16

Investment Opportunities

Silvertown Quays, E16

Silvertown Quays, E16

The Silvertown Quays regeneration project will provide a significant number of offices and workspaces, plus at least 3,000 new homes, a significant proportion being affordable.

This 50-acre site around Pontoon Dock is home to the historic Millennium Mills, an iconic 20th century flour mill, and the distinctive Grade II-listed Silo D, both of which will be restored as part of the development. Silvertown Quays will have a total of 7 million sq ft of residential and commercial space, public parks and improved access to the water including the new Silvertown Bridge.

Housing commitment – 950 new homes in Phase 1, with at least 3,000 over time
Percentage affordable – 20% in Phase 1, rising across the rest of the site
Workplaces – 500,000 sq ft in Phase 1 including Millennium Mills

  • Project Owner: The Silvertown Partnership
  • Development value: £3bn+
  • Development cost: £2bn+
  • Planning status: Outline approved – reserved matters approved for Phase 1
  • Completion date: 2035


Albert Island, E16

Albert Island, E16

Albert Island will be the first new shipyard on the Thames for over a century, with sustainability at its core and a hub for engineering, logistics and infrastructure.

At the eastern entrance to the Royal Docks, it is close to major rail, river, and road networks. Drawing on its proximity to the University of East London and the London Design & Engineering University Technical College to promote enterprise and building skills.

This employment-led scheme consists of a variety of workspaces including a warehouse for light industrial use. Residential units will be added on the southern dock edge. The shipyard element will be delivered with the Port of London Authority (PLA)

Housing commitment – 16
Percentage affordable – 50%
Includes up to 800,000 sq ft of employment space

  • Project Owner: London & Regional
  • Development value: £0.5bn+
  • Development cost: £0.4bn+
  • Planning status: Approved
  • Completion date: 2026

Thameside West, E16

Thameside West, E16

Thameside West is a new riverside neighbourhood at the western end of the Royal Docks. It will include 5,000 new mixed-tenure and affordable homes, a new primary school and nursery, shops, and spaces for creative industries, alongside two riverside parks.

A new DLR station is being built on the site. A brand-new river crossing for London – the Silvertown Tunnel – is planned to improve connections between this area and the rest of London.

The development includes the former Carlsberg-Tetley brewing company site. Already present is a cluster of creative businesses, with phase one adding new workspaces, and community café.

Housing commitment – 5,000 homes
Percentage affordable – 39%

  • Project Owner: Silvertown Homes Limited
  • Development value: £3bn+
  • Development cost: £2bn+
  • Planning status: Outline approved – reserved matters approved for Phase 1
  • Completion date: 2035

The Royal Docks is undergoing a profound and exciting transformation. Once London’s gateway to world trade, today the area is re-emerging as a nationally significant business and visitor destination, and a vital part of the capital’s civic and cultural heart. Major developments in the area are unlocking thousands of new and affordable homes and workplaces, and significant investment in transport infrastructure and the public realm, is boosting connectivity and bringing a wealth of new opportunities to the area and its communities.

In 2018, the Mayor of London, the Mayor of Newham and the London Local Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) approved a 5-year Delivery Plan and £314m investment programme, to help accelerate the regeneration of the Royal Docks, driving London’s economy and creating skilled jobs and opportunities for local people. Huge strides have been achieved since then. Development partners have been secured, new homes and workspaces delivered; new businesses have arrived and set up home in the area; local people have taken advantage of the many education, training and employment opportunities that have been created; and an extensive programme of arts and cultural activity has brought diverse communities together and created an exceptional residential, business and visitor experience.


Population projections 2021 225,103

Population projections 2050 328,740


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 19,440

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 565

  • The Royal Docks is home to London’s only Enterprise Zone and is one of London’s largest Opportunity Areas -60,000 jobs and 25,500 homes are forecast over the next 10-15 years.
  • The Mayor of London and the London Assembly’s relocation to the Royal Docks in early 2022, will help establish the area as London’s new civic heart
  • Significant investment in transport infrastructure, including the arrival of the Elizabeth Line at Custom House in 2022 is boosting the area’s desirability and connectivity.

Dan Bridge, Programme Director, Royal Docks Team


The Royal Docks is an important economic centre for London. Existing anchors Tate & Lyle, ExCeL, London City Airport, and the University of East London have recently been joined by a growing community of start-ups and SMEs. As London’s only Enterprise Zone (48 in the UK), the Royal Docks is unlocking growth through a comprehensive investment programme to create 60,000 new jobs in the wider area.

The ambition is to become an internationally significant business hub; a pioneering place, committed to responsible growth and the wellbeing and prosperity of local people. Three priorities underpin the ambition:

  • Enhancing local economic resilience by diversifying the business base and supporting new enterprise and employment;
  • Establishing a distinctive economic role with a reputation for innovation in sectors of London-importance; and
  • Embedding a responsible economy by building community wealth and managing and mitigating the environmental impacts of growth.

Priority sectors include:

  • Urban Tech – addressing urban challenges including green tech, mobility, logistics, and prop tech.
  • Creative and cultural industries – establishing the area as London’s cultural engine, a place where creative industries can establish and grow.
  • Finance, business services and tech – building on the proximity of neighbouring Docklands and supporting the growth of a distinct data and digital sector.