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Caxton Works

Liz lake are working in Partnership with Tooley Foster Partnership for Galiard Homes on this exciting development, delivering the innovative new 2.2 acre (0.89 hectare) mixed-use project (known as Royal Gateway and Caxton Works) which will redevelop and regenerate the former Goswell Bakeries buildings and Moss Electrical warehouse located off Caxton Street North in Canning Town, E16. The development comprising 336 exclusive apartments and penthouses, central to London’s most prolific regeneration master plan – The Royal Docks. Royal Gateway will comprise five apartment blocks and private landscaped areas including podium landscaped gardens and terraces.
Liz Lake have been briefed with the realisation of a previous concept scheme for the landscape, problem solving and designing an amphitheatre over two stories in the podium deck. Each block has its own podium consisting of mixed age multi use play, specified to compliment the bold modern architecture and industrial heritage of the local area. This is reflected by the use of corten steel and ‘industrial’ style furniture with urban play equipment. The smaller roof terraces specific to the individual towers utilise a lightweight approach and almost post industrial reclamation feel which encourages multi-species rich habitat and boardwalk access. At street level and central to the development focuses on the pedestrianisation of the existing Hoy Street reflecting high quality paving palatte, insitu street furniture giving a thriving market style surrounded by 13 commercial units, creating a vibrant new ‘ cosmopolitan market’ atmosphere for the entire community. Focal to this is the ‘gateway’ signature to the development with a series of overhead corten steel gantry planters which link both blocks and bear the namesake signage. The pedestrianized street of creative, local retail and artisan space which give the new residential community structure, focus and vitality. The commercial space at Caxton Works will be designed for the kind of manufacturing or education enterprises that want to be in an up-and-coming area of East London, with affordable rents, and which do not rely on passing trade to operate - but, given the opportunity and space to do so, might open up their businesses to host activities that connect directly with their customers which will enable the companies based here to adapt their space to different ways of trading. The vision is for Hoy Street to become a vibrant market-style pedestrian space with a mix of studio workshops, authentic local retail outlets, cafés and al fresco eateries that will create a vibrant atmosphere for the new community.
Regeneration of the site has begun with completion due in late summer 2016

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Project Location

Canning Town, London