GUIDE TO HOUSES IN ROYAL DOCKS
The Royal Docks sit at the very eastern fringes of London. The Royal Docks comprise the Royal Albert Dock, the Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock. What makes this area unique is a rich blend of the old and new. What was once a derelict part of the city has been revitalised and is being positioned at the centre of the solution for the housing London’s future generations, with vast numbers of residential schemes planned and underway here.
The Royal Docks is served by 12 stops on the DLR, in addition to the Emirates Air Line, which links across the Thames to North Greenwich.
The Royal Docks is also home to London City Airport. Although the airport is considerably quieter than London Heathrow or Gatwick, it offers dozens of daily flight connections to locations across Europe via many major carriers, including British Airways, Swiss, Air France, Flybe, Alitalia and Lufthansa, The airport is constantly growing its international network and New York’s JFK is amongst the list of rising global destinations served by the airport.
HOUSING IN THE ROYAL DOCKS
There are a limited number of houses in and around the Royal Docks area. Instead, the area is home to numerous modern developments. Once the area was opened up for redevelopment opportunities in the early to mid-1990’s, developers began creating modern 21st century housing, which is comprised of blocks of flats, largely in the 8-10 storey range.
Given the area’s somewhat distant location from Central London, rents and values here have historically been lower than the rest of East London, however the rate of increase in values and rents are amongst the highest in London as the area’s popularity continues to rise. The rise in the popularity of the Royal Docks in part stems from the rippling outward effect of rampant house price growth in Central London, but also the ongoing improvements to infrastructure, in addition to ever larger schemes, means the area is growing in popularity both amongst young professionals and sharers, but also amongst families.
One of the largest and most noteworthy developments in the area is at Silvertown. The former industrial site is to be redeveloped at a cost £3.5 billion and will include over 2,000 homes on the 62-acre site. The development, which will include office space and retail facilities, will create over 20,000 permanent jobs. The first phase is expected to complete in 2018, just in time for the new Cross Rail station’s opening.
MY ROYAL DOCKS
The Royal Docks is a vibrant community in the heart of East London’s historic waterways. The once forgotten area continues to be revitalised by the building of thousands or new homes and billions of pounds in infrastructure investments, which is driving up its popularity.
Furthermore, the presence of London City Airport, which is connected across the Royal Docks area by a dozen DLR stations makes it one of London’s most easily accessible airports.
The presence of London’s ExCeL means that the area is a draw for visitors all year long due to the high number of trade shows and fairs that are organised here each year. These include the London Boat Show and the London Classic Car Show.
The area is home to a number of restaurants and cafes although there are no traditional high streets. However this is set to change with the development of London’s Floating Village, which will include a large number of floating restaurants and cafes beneath the Emirates Air Line. A floating ice rink has also been proposed.
At Royal Albert Dock, across the water from London City Airport, London’s new centre for Asian business is set to emerge. The £6 billion project will include 15,000 new homes and 8 million sq ft of commercial space. The scheme is expected to generate 60,000 jobs when complete.
PROPERTY MARKET TRENDS
|Flats||Sale £,000||Rent £pw|
|1-bed not riverside||450,000||313|
|2-bed not riverside||500,000||413|
- DLR: Royal Victoria, Custom House, Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach, Beckton, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport, King George V. Royal Victoria is also served by the Emirates Air Line
- Bus: Routes 241, 541 and night bus N551
- Road: Newham Way, Victoria Dock Road, North Woolwich Road and Albert Road
- Airport: London City Airport
|Drew Primary School||Wythes Road, E16 2DP||+44 (0) 20 7476 1727||Good|
|Britannia Village Primary School||Westwood Road, E16 2AW||+44 (0) 20 7511 5412||Outstanding|
|Calverton Primary School||King George Avenue, E16 3ET||+44 (0) 20 7476 3076||Good|
|Scott Wilkie Primary School||Hoskins Close, E16 3HD||+44 (0) 20 7474 4138||Good|
|St Joachim's RC Primary School||Shipman Road, E16 3DT||+44 (0) 20 7476 1658||N/A|
|Ellen Wilkinson Primary School||Tollgate Road, E6 5UP||+44 (0) 20 7511 9414||Good|
|Winsor Primary School||East Ham Manor Way, E6 5NA||+44 (0) 20 7476 2323||Requires improvement|
|North Beckton Primary School||Harrier Way, E6 5XG||+44 (0) 20 7473 3344||Requires improvement|
|Rosetta Primary School||Sophia Road, E16 3PB||+44 (0) 20 7476 5308||Good|
|Faraday School||Old Gate House, E14 0FH||+44 (0) 20 7719 9342||Outstanding|
|The Royal Docks Community School||Prince Regent Lane, E16 3HS||+44 (0) 20 7540 2700||Requires improvement|
|Oasis Academy Silvertown||Evelyn Road, E16 1TU||+44 (0) 20 7059 2500||N/A|
|Kingsford Community School||Kingsford Way, E6 5JG||+44 (0) 20 7476 4700||Good|
Despite its industrial past, the Royal Docks houses a number of large parks and green spaces including Beckton District Park, New Beckton Park, Royal Victoria Gardens and King George V Park.
|London Boat Show at ExCel||January|
|The London Classic Car Show at ExCel||February|
|Royal Docks Medical Centre||21 E Ham Manor Way, E6 5NA||+44 (0) 20 7511 4466|