We’ve contributed to Sport & the City’

We’ve contributed to Sport & the City’, an innovative piece of research for cities to use as a blueprint for improving their approach to incorporating sport and physical activity into our daily lives.

Together with British Land and Ryder Architecture, we have collaborated with Future Places Studio on a report that sets out new thinking for enabling everyday access to sport and generating greater social value in urban locations and communities.

Canada Water is used a case study in the report as the area’s focus on sustainability, wellbeing and sport is being brought to life as the destination makes strides towards becoming London’s newest and most sustainable town centre. And our work, together with the work being done by British Land is showing, in real-time, how the principles identified in the research can be implemented.

Take a look at the video to hear more and the full report is available to view here.

Our detailed designs for Canada Water Dockside and proposals for the new eastern dock edge get approval

Southwark Council has granted permission for our detailed designs for the first two buildings at Canada Water Dockside and our plans to transform Canada Dock’s eastern edge. These are important milestones in the delivery of the scheme and build on the outline consent we were granted in 2022, and years of engagement and design iteration with our local partners and communities. Our team will now continue to work with all our partners to bring forward this new and exciting place to work, relax and play beside the revitalised historic dock. You can read more about the planning approvals here.

Six grassroots sports groups supported by joint Health & Well-being Fund

Our Health and Wellbeing Fund, which was set up in 2012 in partnership with Decathlon UK to connect and support local facilities and groups bringing sport to the community, opened for its second year in the spring. The Fund has since welcomed many great applications from a range of sports clubs and groups in and around Canada Water and Rotherhithe and after careful consideration has been pleased to award funding to six organisations. The successful organisations offer a range of activities including rowing, tennis, cricket and boxing, all of which are free of charge, and this year have a focus on supporting and encouraging participation of women and girls.

Here’s more information about the successful applicants, read more.

Take a closer look at our plans to transform Canada Water Dock’s eastern dock edge

Our planning application for the redesign of the eastern edge of Canada Water Dock proposes to open up access to the dock for the very first time. The plans, which are available to view here, detail how reimagining of the dock edge into a new waterside hub plays a pivotal role in reframing the area, creates an important new public amenity and supports Canada Water Dockside in becoming a world class environment for office, leisure and culture.

The designs, which have been carefully considered alongside members of the local community, include the relocation and refurbishment of the existing fishing pontoon, the creation of a new fishing pontoon, the creation of a public promenade at ground level and lower-level boardwalk together with new seating, landscaping and tree planting. Team has also worked closely with British Land to integrate with the public realm enhancements on the western and southern dock edges that are being brought forward as part of the wider Canada Water regeneration area.

We share more details for the buildings

Our plans for Canada Water Dockside are continuing to progress, released in consultation with local residents and businesses. We have recently submitted detailed proposals for two of the three office-led buildings, and the new landscaping and public realm that will be delivered around them. These have been carefully crafted with some leading designers and architects, based on the feedback we have been receiving for what is needed to make the new quarter a successful and welcoming place.

Read more here. The submitted plans are also available to view on Southwark’s planning portal.

The changing landscape for London's offices

As Canada Water Dockside’s delivery progresses, Art-Invest’s Development Director, Luka Vukotic, reflects on the changing landscape for London’s offices in 2022, considering the evolution of our idea of what a physical workspace needs to provide, and what it represents for occupiers and their staff. Increasingly, buildings are becoming a central pillar in businesses’ brand propositions, communicating purpose, creating identity and fostering a sense of belonging.

Read his thoughts in full here.

New architect revealed

As we continue to work towards final design for Canada Water Dockside, we are delighted to reveal that renowned architecture practice, HWKN has been appointed as the designer of building, A2.

HWKN has been selected because of its visionary and innovate approach, and ability to add value to a place beyond just the physical bricks and mortar, to enable a deep emotional connection for all. Canada Water Dockside will mark its all-important debut in the UK.

In collaboration with Art-Invest and the local community, HWKN is focussed on designing a building that blends an innovative workspace with a new publicly accessible ground floor providing spaces, places to eat, drink, sit and relax.

HWKN is a global practice and has worked alongside Art-Invest previously, delivering a transformational scheme in Munich, Germany.

Further details can be found here.

We publish a Community Investment Statement

Building partnerships with local people and community groups is important to us. It’s a way to ensure the development of the area brings meaningful benefits for those already living and working here.

Our Community Investment Statement is a record of our actions so far to support local history, community priorities and local ambitions, including providing a new home for the Southwark Construction Skills Centre; supporting Our Rotherhithe with a new community website; and launching the Health and Wellbeing Fund, a contribution of £200,000 over the next five years in partnership with Decathlon UK.

Read more here.

First Health and Wellbeing Fund projects announced

So far in 2022 we have been delighted to support two local organisations through the Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Restorative Justice for All’s (RJ4ALL) free Community Gym at Rotherhithe Community Centre also offers regular youth clubs for younger people to explore new sporting activities, aiming to close opportunity gaps, including girls’ access to sport in the local area.

RJ4ALL Founder and Director Dr Theo Gavrielides said: “We are delighted to be formally opening our RJ4ALL Community Gym with the generous and multi-year support from the local Health and Wellbeing Fund. We look forward to continue working towards our mutual objectives for a more equal SE16 and the development of the first restorative postcode in the country”.

We’re supporting Southwark Park Tennis Club this summer to offer free weekly tennis sessions from July to October, providing local children with an opportunity to try or improve their tennis skills.

The Health and Wellbeing Fund has been set up by Art-Invest Real Estate, in partnership with Decathlon UK, to connect and support local facilities and groups bringing sport and play to people of all ages.

Canada Water Dockside at London Real Estate Forum 2022

Art-Invest Real Estate’s director, Luka Vukotic, will be presenting Canada Water Dockside at LREF this year, in a session titled Work + Play: dynamic spaces for the future. Produced by New London Architecture, LREF takes place at the Barbican Centre, 28-29 September.

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