Second phase of public realm at Docklands "workplace of the future" clears planning

Public realm and landscaping improvements are part of the second phase of a "workplace of the future" development in Docklands, London, which has been granted planning permission.

A "sustainable amenity-rich environment" is planned. Image: Studio RHE
A "sustainable amenity-rich environment" is planned. Image: Studio RHE

The creation of pedestrianised outdoor space and landscaping to introduce native land and water-based plants are central to a design by architect Studio RHE for the remodelling for the second phase of work space known as Capstan House and the public realm at Republic, East India Dock. 

Built in 1993, Republic is a 650,000 square metre office development with retail and leisure. Working with Trilogy Property and LaSalle Investment Management, Studio RHE is currently transforming the 1990s post-modern office complex at East India Dock into a destination work campus for the co-working, cultural and tech sectors, with the aim of providing a cheaper yet more aesthetically-pleasing alternative to office space in the more usual centres for these sectors, Shoreditch, east London and the West End.

Landscaping and green space are central to Republic’s offering. Studio RHE said that once complete, the campus will provide a low-cost high-quality affordable workplace, a wide range of amenities, generous public realm and extensive green spaces around the existing lake.

Director of Studio RHE Richard Hywel Evans said:  "Republic is looking to redefine the entire campus as the 'workplace of the future' and the new building and public realm goes a long way to proving the concept is quickly becoming a reality."

Director of Trilogy Property Robert Wolstenholme said the team was creating the next benchmark "post Shoreditch" workplace.

"Republic is changing the landscape of the area and delivering a place which will attract the innovative, independently minded people and businesses of the future. Buildings set within a highly-sustainable amenity-rich environment, occupied by a diverse community of creative businesses all at an occupational cost around half of Shoreditch and the other creative clusters of London."

Work started on the Anchorage House building in October 2016, and is expected to complete this autumn. The second phase involves work on Capstan House next door. There are several phases of work planned to complete over the next five years.

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