Future of London’s three-part site visit series in partnership with Barratt Homes concluded last week with a visit to Maple Quays, Canada Water. The development forms Sites A and B of the larger Canada Water regeneration programme that has provisions for approximately 2,000 new homes, additional retail space, and new civic spaces including a large plaza and a library.
At the time of our visit, Site A was under construction, which notably includes the 26-storey landmark building Ontario Point that anchors the regeneration scheme. Site B, which is comprised of the mixed-use schemes of Montreal House and Toronto House, was complete and occupied.
We heard from architectural teams from PKS Architects, Glenn Howells Architects, and Hawkins\Brown about the efforts to reflect the history of Canada Water as docklands in the development. Among these considerations were the orientation of the scheme towards water, the integration of timber as a façade material, and the incorporation of the maple leaf motif.
During the tour itself, we visited a number of communal open spaces, including a high quality private courtyard bordered by a mix of apartment blocks containing market and affordable housing (the latter which comprises 35% of the development). Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to see inside any units. While some participants observed that the character of the area felt unlike being in London, the views from our last stop – the rooftop terrace of Montreal House – reminded us all of the development’s central location. As a new-build, high profile scheme for Barratt Homes in London, the Maple Quays development was a good conclusion to this series of site visits.