Cultural and community activities set for Royal Docks as part of regeneration scheme
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 October 2018
Works of art across four sites and a project on the area’s history are just two elements of a cultural programme set to come to the Royal Docks.
The plans - to be unveiled in full next year - are part of the Royal Docks enterprise zone scheme, which aims to see more than £5 billion invested into the area in the next two decades.
The enterprise zone designation means new business rates within it are reserved and reinvested into the area, allowing for £314 million of regeneration to take place over the next five years.
And in addition to the redevelopment, the scheme - a joint project between the Mayor of London, Newham Council and the London Economic Action Partnership (Leap) - will also feature a range of cultural and community activities.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan explained: “We mustn’t end up with a regeneration scheme the size of a large town without a vibrant sense of community – otherwise we risk the Royal Docks being just a large dormitory.
“This is why a cultural and community programme IS key to unlocking the economic potential of the Royal Docks, as well as ensuring local residents and businesses benefit from the very outset.”
He added: ““The Royal Docks area has enormous potential – not just to deliver thousands of jobs and new homes, but also to become a major new cultural hub for Londoners and visitors from around the world.”
When complete, the 112-hectare Royal Docks enterprise zone has the potential to deliver 35,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes by 2037/38.
With the inclusion of the wider Royal Docks area, this will rise to as many as 60,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes over a 25 year period.
Mayor of Newham Rokhsana Fiaz highlighted one of the first cultural activities to be organised by the Royal Docks team - a free fireworks display on Saturday, November 3.
She said: “Working with the Mayor of London and the Royal Docks team, we will continue to organise cultural and community events in the Docks, opening up the area to more residents and visitors to Newham.
“The potential of the regeneration is hugely exciting and it’s important that local people are involved in the process from the start.”