Monday, 11 August 2014

Newest Bridge for London in the East End

Now this is definitely not the most imposting bridge in London, but nevertheless will be useful to many people over the coming years.

It is situated immediately next to Canning Town station, to the east of Canary Wharf and south of Stratford.  It is designed for pedestrians only, and will give access to a virtual island in an almost complete curve of the River Lee, shortly before it meets the Thames.

Initially it will be mainly used by workmen to gain access to a large housing development site, although it is possible that it will also be used by people wanting to visit the sales office.  As you can see, the bridge has been positioned well above the level of the river as boats will be passing beneath on a regular basis, and it has been necessary to take into account the rising of the water level due to tides.

There will be an impressive City Island development on the other side, designed to be a "12-acre micro-Manhattan joining commercial and creative neighbourhoods".  By the time the site has been fully developed there will be 1,700 new apartments, outdoor spaces, waterside parks, bars and restaurants, artist studios, boutique shops, a school and a private residents' club.

It promises to be a highly attractive place to live, particularly for anyone working in the immediate area or at Canary Wharf.  It remains to be seen whether it will attract many artists, although there is already something of an artists community at Trinity Buoy Wharf, just a short walk away and directly overlooking the Thames.

At this stage, as far as I know, none of the apartments has been put on the market.  I'm sure they will be high-priced, but for many people it will be worth paying extra for all the attractions of the location and the development, and to live in such a unique situation.

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