London mayor Boris Johnson has lined up Albert Island in the Royal Docks for his next makeover project, offering up 10 hectares of land to developers interested in creating a marine and industrial hub, with a small amount of housing.
Owned by the Greater London Authority, Albert Island is the last remaining part of the jigsaw of regeneration in the Royal Docks, which includes the £3.5 billion transformation of Silvertown Quays.
‘The development of Albert Island with a new boatyard and marina would provide key maintenance and accommodation facilities for marine traffic,’ said the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Land, Richard Blakeway.
Any proposal must improve transport links to nearby Gallions Reach and King George V DLR station, while offering better cycling and walking routes, and upgraded river frontage.
‘The development of a boatyard at Albert Island would be a vital step in encouraging greater use of the Thames for industrial and transport purposes,’ says Richard Tracey, a London Assembly member and the mayor’s ambassador for the river.