National development partnership, The English Cities Fund (ECF), has received consent this week from the London Borough of Newham for the second phase of Manor Road Quarter, a diverse new neighbourhood that is being created in Canning Town.
ECF is a joint venture between nationwide placemaker, Muse, the government’s housing and regeneration agency, Homes England, and Legal & General, one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and major global investor.
The next stage of the landmark project will see ECF create a further 290 homes across four new buildings, along with new family-friendly leisure and amenity space. Following its approval, the second phase is scheduled to start on site in Summer 2024.
Work on the first part of Manor Road Quarter began in September 2021 and passed the half-way point of the build earlier this year. The development features a landmark 32-storey tower and 335 new homes, alongside ground-floor retail units and beautifully-curated public spaces for the community to enjoy.
The planning application for the project’s third phase is due to be submitted to the London Borough of Newham in early 2024. The second and third phases will see Manor Road Quarter bring forward an additional 449 homes, making a total of 804 new homes in Canning Town, with 50% affordable.
The completed neighbourhood will also include a new two-acre park, providing a stunning space to spend time in for both residents and the wider community. The green space will also help promote active travel through new walking and cycle routes – creating a vibrant, inclusive, and connected community space.
Elizabeth Wright, Senior Development Manager at The English Cities Fund, said: “We’ve been investing in Canning Town for a long time and feel Manor Road Quarter, which follows on from the new homes we created next door at Rathbone Market, is a key catalyst in revitalising the area.
“With phase two of the project receiving consent from the London Borough of Newham, we’ll continue the valuable work the project started during phase one to deliver vital benefits for the local area. This has included generating jobs, apprenticeships, and training opportunities for the community, along with bringing investment into Canning Town’s economy.
“Delivering regeneration of this scale that addresses community need, can only be delivered when the public and private sector join forces, and we’re delighted to have a strong partnership here, building a brighter future, together, for all in Newham.”
Manor Road Quarter will feature large cycle storage, in line with Greater London Authority guidelines. Given its very close proximity to London Underground, DLR and bus routes, only 24 car parking bays will be provided to encourage the use of sustainable and more active modes of transport. External features such as green areas, a skate park and an outdoor gym will also help improve the health and wellbeing levels of those living and working in the area.
The new neighbourhood at Manor Road is being delivered by ECF in partnership with the Greater London Authority’s Homes for Londoners’ team, London Borough of Newham and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association (MTVH), one of the UK’s largest housing associations. The 177 affordable homes built in phase one will be owned, managed, and administered by MTVH.
Manor Road Quarter follows on from ECF’s successful completion of the Rathbone Market in Canning Town. This scheme saw the creation of a £160 million mixed-use development that features 652 homes, 32,000 sq. ft of retail space, a library, Neighbourhood Centre, and two new public spaces including the permanent home of the newly revitalised Rathbone Market.
Manor Road Quarter has been designed by EPR Architects, with Gardiner and Theobald as the quantity surveyor, Gleeds operating as the client project manager, and Longboard Consulting as the planning consultant. The project is targeted to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating on BREEAM and it is estimated that the design of the building will reduce the building’s carbon output by 51%.