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Regenerating North Woolwich

Regeneration in North Woolwich is underway, with improvements to Royal Victoria Gardens, Pier Parade and Pier Road Open Space now complete.

Aerial photo of North Woolwith and the Royal Docks

Royal Victoria Gardens

You can now use Royal Victoria Gardens for a range of sports, including football, hockey and handball. There is also a running track in the games area.
There are community events, including planned five-a-side football tournaments in the gardens. And there is a new park entrance and crossing over Albert Road.

Pier Parade – a local centre

We worked with the Homes and Communities Agency to improve Pier Parade and the surrounding area. We wanted this area to be an active, safe and attractive heart for the community; a place which supports local businesses and a space for residents to use.
You can now enjoy a safer and more attractive Pier Parade with better paving and lighting. The square is a centre for local residents and community activity. There are market stalls, outdoor seating at the Café and library, and space for community festivals and arts performances.


The play area for toddlers and young children off Roebourne Way has a range of new play equipment. The nursery’s play space is also larger.
You can see the history of the area in the design of the centre, with three lighting columns in the square to represent the dock cranes and masts. New surface materials also reflect ships’ decking.


Cars no longer park on the pavements, so they are clear for pedestrians. You can park in the car park and at Woodman Parade, with more parking on Pier Road too. This improvement means better visibility on the roads and meets the needs of traffic and pedestrians.

Royal Docks

With over £500m investment in the area, the historic Royal Docks are now home to a number of large leisure, education and commercial organisations, including:
Go to the Royal Docks Trust website for more about the history of the Royal Docks.

What's next for the Royal Docks?

Newham Council and the Greater London Authority plan to continue developing the area. There will be more than 5,000 homes and new, modern and sustainable business premises to create jobs. Our plans are to boost the economic recovery of the Docks and the wider region as well as revive existing communities.
In 2009 we created a ‘vision’ for the area. A business plan will follow, setting out how we will develop the Royal Docks as a place to live in the Docklands. We will need to improve infrastructure (schools, doctors’ surgeries and transport links) and work on the site so it can support new development. Investment will come from the public and private sectors.

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