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, started piling works in early October 2021 which are due to finish in Spring 2022. Over the next few months, they will be installing site accommodation. From January 2022, bulk excavation works for the basement of the building will begin and tower crane bases will be established before the first tower crane is installed in February 2022.

Wates, the contractor building Plot A1, started their piling works towards the end of October 2021 which are due to finish in early 2022. 

Wates are now due to begin CFA piling and obstruction removal. CFA piling is a method that will minimise noise and vibration. The piling and obstruction are undertaken using piling rigs which are planned for delivery in the week of 29th November 2021 outside of peak traffic periods. 

Although CFA piling will not cause any further disruption to local residents, the obstruction removal can generate noise, depending on the ground conditions. As always, the works will be carried out within the parameters set out by the London Borough of Southwark, but as a further mitigation measure, Wates will increase their environmental monitoring in sensitive areas to help minimise disruption where possible.

More information is available to read in our latest quarterly site wide-construction newsletter here.

During the week of 25th October, Wates began to install their site offices and welfare facilities. Mace will set up their offices and welfare facilities from November 2021 – January 2022. The image above shows the location of these facilities as well as construction traffic routing. 

Construction traffic entry/exit to Plots A1 and A2 (Surrey Quays Shopping Centre car park) 

Please note that between Friday 12th and Wednesday 24th November, construction traffic will exit (as well as enter - which is usually the case) the haul route which runs between Lower Road and the development sites in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre Car Park. Some vehicles will also enter (as well as exit – which is usually the case) from the Deal Porters Way/ Surrey Quays Road junction at the Canada Water Library end of the Shopping Centre This is to allow for the safe installation of foundations for a tower crane on the Plot A1 site. During this time, larger construction vehicles will access the Plot A2 site from Surrey Quays Road (via Deal Porters Way at the Canada Water Library end of the Shopping Centre). 

We expect this to happen again on other occasions and will keep the website updated as necessary.

Completion of landscaping works on Canada Dock footpath

The bench installation which was originally expected to take place in mid-November has been delayed due to issues with timber supply. Once the bench is installed, final surfacing works will be carried out, which will take approximately two weeks to complete. The footpath alongside the Dock edge will remain open throughout. Temporary traffic management in the form of stop/go boards will be used on Deal Porters Way to ensure a safe working area. We will update this page with more information when it is available. 

Plot K1 (Roberts Close)

Contractor McAleer & Rushe started to install their site hoarding in October which is expected to complete in mid-November 2021. 

Site clearance and excavation works are expected to begin from the week of 8th November and will continue into December. During this time, there will be an increase in traffic attending the site. 

Heavy Goods Vehicles will access the site from Quebec Way via Redriff Road and smaller construction traffic will use Canada Street. Roberts Close will stay open as a pedestrian route from Quebec Way to Russia Walk and Russia Dock Woodland throughout construction. 

Towards the end of the year, McAleer & Rushe will be preparing the site for piling works which are expected to begin in early 2022.

Rear of Printworks site by Quebec Way

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. The build is expected to complete in Autumn 2022 and reach full operation by autumn 2024. 

Piling works began in October and are expected to complete by mid-January 2022. A piling rig will be arriving to site on Wednesday 1st December in the early hours to minimise the impact to the public. It will then be assembled on Thursday 2nd December and Friday 3rd December. Piling works will begin from Monday 6th December near Quebec Way and will finish on Wednesday 22nd December. 

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. There will be an increase in noise generated and construction traffic during this period of works. Traffic marshals 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.

Zone F (located across a portion of Surrey Quays Leisure Park and the carpark by Printworks) 

From 8th November 2021 to 6th January 2022, we will be carrying out gas monitoring works across the Zone F site to assess any gas or vapour risks in the ground. This will involve the installation of monitoring devices in various existing boreholes at the site. Once installed, the monitoring will be carried out automatically, meaning site personnel will be in the area only to install and remove the monitoring equipment.

Due to the location and limited construction work required, we expect that these works will have minimal impact. 

Current Canada Water Masterplan construction works

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

Since July 2021 we have held Construction Liaison Forums for near neighbours of Plots A1, A2 and K1. Click the following links to watch the recordings:

October 2021

July 2021

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

Wates, who are building Plot A1, Mace, who are building Plot A2, and McAleer & Rushe, who are building Plot K1 will be holding monthly ‘meet and greets’ from the middle of November to provide an opportunity to speak with those who want further detail and have questions. Once organised, details of the second meet and greet session, due to take place in December, will be available here. 

We will 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

Update 19/11/21

On Wednesday 1st December and Tuesday 2nd December, a piling rig will arrive on site via Lower Roads during the early hours of the morning to minimise impact on the travelling public. 

Contractor Galldris are also expecting a piling rig to be delivered to the Rear of Printworks site on Wednesday 1st December during the early hours of the morning. We apologies for any inconvenience these works will cause. 

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 or call 0800 470 4593 (freephone).