Southwark, London

This masterplan is guiding the development of a new urban centre located at the heart of southeast London’s Rotherhithe peninsula, historically a network of working docks and canals connected to the River Thames. The 21 ha site sits between Canada Water and Surrey Quays stations, with access to both Canada Water and Greenland Docks. The project has involved extensive community consultation and aims to create a collection of urban and green spaces which makes the most of the site’s dockside setting and transport connections to the rest of London.

The masterplan has evolved from a contextual understanding of the site to shape unique and memorable places while being flexible enough to allow yet-to-be-known possibilities. The proposals replace the 1980s big box Surrey Quays Shopping Centre with a legible network of streets, laneways and locally distinct public squares.  This urban fabric will enable a rich variety of uses to take root, from offices, shops and cafes to leisure, community and public places as well as new homes for a range of ages, incomes and life stages. The aim is to create a new human-scaled piece of city, diverse and interesting, which is permeable with surrounding neighbourhoods.

The plan also incorporates the surrounding ecological and waterside qualities into the future identity of Canada Water. There will be new connections to Southwark Park from the west and Russia Dock Woodland in the east, and beyond to the River, through a series of open spaces, cycle paths and walkable routes. Water will become a definitive amenity and community gardens and play spaces will contribute to the wellbeing of both residents and visitors. Biodiversity corridors will help species to flourish and allow for travel between parks in the wider area. This new landscape network will help to further root a once isolated, low density piece of London into the surrounding urban and natural environments.


British Land
Landscape architect
Townshend Landscape Architects
Sustainability, transport and energy 
Environment and infrastructure 
Waterman Infrastructure and Environment
David Bonnett Associates
Sandy Brown
Daylight and sunlight consultant 
Gordon Ingram Associates
Fire consultant
Olsson Fire and Risk
Legal consultant 
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lighting consultant
Speirs and Major
Project and cost management 
Security consultant
Tavernor Consultancy
Wind consultant
Consultant on Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
London Wildlife Trust


21.2 ha
Canada Water,
Southwark London SE16