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Canada Water Plaza
The Frameworks and Implementation team is working with a number of partners to deliver a new civic square in the heart of the Canada Water regeneration area. The new public space will be known as Deal Porter square, in memory of the thousands of workers in the area employed as porters to carry the Deal wood arriving in the old Surrey Quays docks from Canada.
The new square occupies a key location between the Canada Water tube and bus stations, the new Canada Water public library under construction, and the development sites of sites A and B of the regeneration masterplan. The development of the square is being delivered by the council in partnership with British Land Canada Quays Limited.
The council appointed British Land Canada Quays (BLC) in 2004/5 as the strategic development partner to deliver the physical regeneration of Canada Water. The masterplan created by BL Canada Quays (BLCQ) during 2005, which involved extensive public consultation, is focused on creating a vibrant canal side community of 2,000 new homes around the Canada Water basin and the new Deal Porter square.
The design of the space has been developed by EDCO Design working with project managers M3 consulting and will have the following key features:
- A row of Canadian hardwood trees through the square
- A high quality lighting scheme with feature lighting
- A dock-side promenade area with terracing
- Extensive seating which can be moved to make way for events on the space
- Substantial cycle parking
- High quality granite paving across the space and connecting to the adjacent bus and tube stations
Works are due to start on the square in October 2010 to complete in time for the opening of the new library in March 2011.