The developers behind Royal Wharf, the residential heart of London’s Royal Docks, welcomed guests to their new marketing suite to celebrate the regeneration of this area of London. Esteemed guests included Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy, Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, Richard Blakeway, Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales and Kim Bromley-Derry, Chief Executive, London Borough of Newham.
Ballymore and Oxley, along with their co-hosts for the evening, London City Airport, the Royal Docks Management Authority (RODMA) and The Silvertown Partnership, celebrated in style with ‘chef in residence’ Gizzi Erskine. Gizzi is known for her television appearances and cookbooks – last night guests were treated to creations based on recipes in her new book Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite.
Speeches were heard from John Mulryan, UK managing director of Ballymore Group; Ching Chiat Kwong, Executive Chairman and CEO of Oxley Holdings, Sir Robin Wales and Sir Edward Lister.
John Mulryan: “Ballymore has had a presence in this area for over 30 years, so we know it well, but never have we delivered at such a pace and scale as we are here. We met our joint development partners, Oxley, less than two years ago but, as you can see, the development is progressing at an unprecedented pace and we will soon be greeting our first residents. We strive for quality, quantity and speed. With regeneration projects it’s impossible to start small, you have to jump in”.
Ching Chiat Kwong: “This is our first venture into the UK market, and we have not been disappointed. Not only have our development partners, Ballymore, expertly facilitated our introduction into London but so too have our wider Royal Docks partners at London City Airport, The Silvertown Partnership and RODMA. This part of east London will be transformed into a vibrant city”.
Sir Robin Wales commented on what Royal Wharf, and the Royal Docks more broadly means for Newham and East London, not just in terms of housing but also through the number of jobs that the regeneration is creating for local people during the construction phase and in the long term: “There will be jobs for local residents which will make a difference to their lives…Royal Wharf has been a fantastic concept, it makes a statement and leaves a legacy”.
Sir Edward Lister discussed the impact of the regeneration of London’s Royal Docks on the capital and the areas place in London: “This is a brilliant new piece of city…they are building a place…Ballymore and Oxley have got to be very proud of what they have achieved here”.
Royal Wharf is the residential centrepiece of London’s Royal Docks. Delivering 3,385 new homes for up to 10,000 new residents, Royal Wharf will create an entirely new neighbourhood, complete with a new high street and market square of nearly 5,000sqm of independent shops, bars and restaurants, two new parks and three new pocket parks as well as significant new community infrastructure.