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Regal London has lodged a planning applications for its £500m waterfront beds and sheds scheme at Orchard Wharf, E14, in the Docklands.

The project will be Regal London’s largest to date and will include reactivating the safeguarded wharf to maximise the use of the river for freight, as reported by EG earlier this year.

The developer has now submitted detailed plans for 826 flats and a last-mile logistics port of 88,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space and 1,450 sq ft of flexible commercial space.

The housing comprises 456 build-to-rent flats, 136 private sale, 81 discount market rent and 152 affordable rented flats. The scheme also incorporates 72,650 sq ft of public realm, with landscaping and a new pedestrian route connecting to East India Dock Basin.

The former industrial site has been vacant for nearly 30 years despite significant amounts of residential development in the area and various attempts to unlock the land. It includes a safeguarded wharf which requires that development incorporate an active front with waterborne freight.

Steve Harrington, planning director at Regal London, said: “A lot of consideration has gone into this submission and the result is a plan that would unlock the full potential of this area, delivering a mixed-use site that exemplifies Regal London’s commitment to creating some of London’s best places in which to live, work and play.”

Regal London is working with JTP as lead architect, alongside Aukett Swanke and Spacehub.

Written by Emma Rosser for Estates Gazette – 11/12/20