Construction activity

Planning permission for the Canada Water Masterplan was granted in May 2020, and the construction programme for the entire site will take approximately 10 years. At times construction activity will impact the local community and we’re committed to keeping you updated and managing construction so that disruption in the local area is minimised.

Information on current and upcoming works, including Plots A1, A2 and K1, can be found in our latest newsletter. Please read down for more information on the construction programme and updates, as well as how to get in touch with us.

Plots A1 and A2, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre car park and surrounding area

Construction of Plots A1 and A2 is now underway. Plot A1, which will provide a new 35-storey building including shops and restaurants, workspace and 186 homes, including some intermediate affordable homes, is expected to be complete in autumn 2024.

Plot A2, will provide a five and six storey building which includes a Leisure Centre for Southwark Council, town centre shops, food outlets and offices, is expected to be complete in late summer 2024.

Mace, the contractor building Plot A2, have begun the first phase of bulk excavation for the basement of the building, and temporary propping to support the building structure is underway.

This phase of the work will see increased construction traffic on site and along the haul road. All work is carried out in accordance with industry standards and the levels set by Southwark Council’s environment team. Mace have produced a helpful note which provides more detail on how we monitor and record site impact and the limits we work within on Plot A2.

Wates, the contractor building Plot A1, have now largely completed their piling works, which means laying the deep foundations to support the structure of the building. The current phase of works includes capping beam formation and bulk excavation which involves removing large amounts of soil, rock and other materials from the site in preparation for starting to construct the building. There will be an increase in traffic during this phase, with traffic marshals preventing the build-up of traffic and ensuring safe vehicle movements. Although the bulk excavation is not expected to cause any disruption to local residents, noise, dust and vibration levels are carefully monitored to ensure compliance. Wates have produced a helpful note which provides more detail on how we monitor and record site impact and the limits we work within on Plot A1.

 

Crane erection – Plots A1 and A2

Plot A1

The first of three tower cranes has been installed at Plot A1, the remaining two will be installed this summer 2022. 

 

Plot A2
All three tower cranes are now erected and in operation and will remain onsite until early 2024. Cranes will not oversail residential properties at any time during operation.
 

 

Former Dock Offices – further refurbishment work and a new sales and marketing suite 

Internal and external refurbishment work is taking place at the former Dock Offices over the coming months. This will preserve them as an important Grade II listed heritage asset as well as create a Sales and Marketing suite for the Canada Water development.

Wates are currently erecting scaffolding and hoarding which began in the week of 14 March 2022. In April, the external works begin with roofing, replacement of windows and brick repairs.

Pedestrian access will be maintained along Surrey Quays Road throughout, with some parking bays having already been suspended outside the former Dock Offices. A loading bay will be created outside the former Dock Offices which will be managed to avoid disrupting pedestrians and road users.

The Sales and Marketing Suite is expected to open this autumn. The status of all other tenants within the building remains unchanged as a result of these works.

 

Canada Dock - ground condition surveys, water level monitoring and remaining vegetation / tree clearance

Ground condition surveys and water level monitoring within the dock are underway.

Subject to favourable weather conditions, contractor Galldris is expecting delivery of a crane and additional piling rig on Tuesday 24 May. The crane is required to lift the piling rig into position within the dock. The crane will then leave site and return towards the end of May to remove the machinery once work is complete.

Pedestrian access will be maintained alongside the dock at all times. To ensure the safety of the travelling public and workforce, the walkway along the southern edge of the dock will be reduced in width slightly using pedestrian barriers and temporarily diverted away from the operational activity when needed.

Click here to read our updated information sheet which contains further detail about how these works will be carried out, water level monitoring and the provision of alternative habitats for swans and other birds who visit the dock.

Under the guidance of the Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW), we plan to complete the tree/vegetation clearance in the exclusion zones (which we set up where nesting swans and birds were found to be present when work began) on 30 and 31 May.  Some continuous maintenance to keep vegetation down to ground level to prevent birds from nesting will be carried out as required.

Construction works in the dock are expected to begin later in the year. Improvements will include a new wetland habitat, a new 170m long boardwalk and new seating and steps along the southern edge of the dock leading down to the water. More information can be found here
 

 

Plot K1 (Roberts Close)

Plot K1 is a modern residential building providing 79 council homes on Roberts Close. It is expected to take around two years to build. 

The tower crane needed for the build is now in place within the centre of the site and works to the foundations and ground floor slab are well underway. Contractor McAleer & Rushe plan to begin works on the concrete frame of the main building during May and as this progresses into the summer months, activity above the site hoarding will become evident.  

We’re using best practice methods and machinery to limit disruption as far as possible. McAleer & Rushe have produced a helpful note which provides more detail on how we monitor and record site impact and the limits we work within on Plot K1.

Heavy Goods Vehicles access the site from Quebec Way via Redriff Road and smaller vehicles are permitted to use Canada Street. Traffic will be safely coordinated by our traffic marshalls with the safety of neighbouring residents and school children paramount. We continue to adhere to the weekday restrictions which prohibit construction traffic using Roberts Close during school drop off and pick up times. Roberts Close will stay open as a pedestrian route from Quebec Way to Russia Walk and Russia Dock Woodland throughout construction.

Rear of Printworks site by Quebec Way (Zone L)

Contractor Galldris is progressing well with work to build a basement for a new below-ground electrical substation for UKPN located at the rear of the Printworks site. 

Bulk earthworks are underway and are expected to complete in early-mid May. This involves excavating and removing material from the site which means there will be an increase in noise generated and construction traffic during this period of works. Galldris have produced a helpful note which provides more  detail on how we monitor and record site impact and the limits we work within on Zone L.

Traffic marshalls will be in place to direct the flow of construction vehicles to reduce any impact on the travelling public. All heavy vehicles will access the site from Quebec Way (east) to avoid impacting Alfred Salter Primary School.

The build is expected to complete in Winter 2022/23 and reach full operation by 2025. Once operational, the substation will meet the future electrical needs of the Masterplan, the wider local area, and reinforce electricity supply in other parts of the borough.

 

Construction works across the Canada Water development

The below plan provides more information about each work site location.

Minimising disruption during the construction process

We’re committed to managing the impact of construction works so that disruption to the local area is minimised.

Before construction work begins, a Construction Management Plan for the work site is agreed with Southwark Council. The plan outlines how our construction works will take place as well as what mitigations will be put in place to minimise the impact on the local community during the works. This includes site operating hours, noise and vibration mitigation measures, and traffic measurement. To download the Masterplan Framework Construction Management Plan please click here.

We also require all our contractors to be signed up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is a not for profit independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry. All constructors signed up to the scheme must make every effort to ensure their site teams care about the appearance of the site, respect the local community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety, and value their workforce.

Throughout the construction process we will also ensure that the local community has access to the latest information on the key works taking place across the Masterplan through regular meetings and updates, so that you can easily get in touch with the team with any questions or to raise any issues relating to the construction works.

Dedicated Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager

British Land has appointed a dedicated Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager to honour our commitment to minimise disruption for local residents, businesses and people who work and visit the area.

The Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager is working with all contractors on site, ensuring that neighbours are kept regularly updated and will respond promptly to any issues or questions that arise. If you have any questions about these works or would like to speak with the Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager, please get in touch with us.

Keeping you updated

Construction Liaison Forums

Since July 2021 we have held Construction Liaison Forums for near neighbours of Plots A1, A2 and K1. These Forums provide an opportunity to hear from our contractors on upcoming site activity via a presentation and ask any questions you may have. Details of past and future forums can be found below. All dates for future forums will be available on this webpage, once organised.

Upcoming Construction Liaison Forums

Plots A1/A2 and surrounding area 
Date: Wednesday 25 May 2022
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Canada Water Library (you’ll be directed to the room on arrival)

Plot K1 and surrounding area 
Date: Tuesday 31 May 2022
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Canada Water Library (you’ll be directed to the room on arrival)

Joining instructions
Please register your attendance in advance using our email (team@canadawater.co.uk) or freephone number (0800 470 4593). We’ll then share with you a Terms of Reference document setting out what you can expect from us and what we expect from you to ensure a productive meeting for all. A copy will also be available at the meeting.
 

To view the presentation given at the last in-person Construction Liaison Forums, click the following links:

February 2022

Canada Water development Construction Liaison Forum – Plots A1 & A2 and surrounding area

Canada Water development Construction Liaison Forum – Plot K1 and surrounding area

 

To watch the recordings of the previous online Construction Liaison Forums, click the following links:

October 2021

Canada Water development Construction Liaison Forum – Plots A1 & A2 and surrounding area


July 2021

Canada Water development Construction Liaison Forum – Plot K1 and surrounding area

Canada Water development Construction Liaison Forum – Plots A1 & A2 and surrounding area
 

Construction drop-ins 

Since November 2021, Wates, who are building Plot A1, Mace, who are building Plot A2, and McAleer & Rushe, who are building Plot K1 have held construction drop-in sessions to provide an opportunity to speak with those who want further detail or have questions about the construction works in these locations. 

Future drop-in dates will be advertised on this page and via our communications channels.

In addition to the above event(s), we also send regular updates as construction progresses via our e-newsletters, web updates, social media posts and site signage.

Neighbours living near locations where construction activity is taking place will receive regular newsletters and have regular opportunities to speak with the Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager and relevant contractor.

As part of our commitment to provide local employment opportunities during the construction period, there will be a number of roles from our contractors available to apply for. More information on the latest roles available and how to register your interest can be found on our Jobs and Training Opportunities page here.

Working hours

We are very aware that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are at home during the day when construction work generally takes place. Standard construction working hours as permitted by Southwark Council are:

  • Monday – Friday 8am-6pm

  • Saturday – 8am-2pm (no noisy works before 9am)

Our contractors are using every measure possible to reduce noise impact from their sites and continue to use noise monitoring equipment to continuously monitor noise levels to ensure they are at an acceptable level, as permitted by Southwark Council. When necessary, excessively noisy works take place on a 2 hour on/off basis to minimise disruption. This generally relates to demolition works. However, this does not mean that there are 2-hour periods of inactivity in between.

In the event that working hours change, or as and when overnight works are required, we will update this web page.

If you would like to speak with the Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager, please contact team@canadawater.co.uk or call 0800 470 4593 (freephone).