London market focus: London Dock, Hammersmith and Peckham Levels

London Dock

Developer converts Rupert Murdoch’s former HQ into giant mixed-use scheme as centrepiece of wider regeneration plan.

Today, the stretch of east London between the City and Canary Wharf is a little more genteel. Yachts bob on the waters at St Katharine Dock’s marina, overlooked by flats, many of them conversions of old warehouses, and the quayside, once a hive of activity, is now a peaceful path used by local dog walkers and joggers.

But soon the area will have plenty more to offer.Berkeley Homes’ St George is four years into a circa 15-year masterplan that will see it build 1,800 apartments on a 15-acre site previously closed to the public for more than 200 years. Residents have begun moving into the first phase, Clipper Wharf, and construction is under way on two of the other apartment blocks – Emery Wharf and the 26-storey Cashmere Wharf. However, it is London Dock’s 180,000 sq ft of commercial space that is now the focus for St George.

So what is the vision for the scheme’s commercial component? And what will London Dock – the biggest mixed-use development in central London – do for the area once it has been completed?

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