Southwark Council grants planning permission for Zone G of the Canada Water Masterplan


This large (1.7 acre) zone plays an important role in enabling the future delivery of the new town centre as it will relocate the existing Surrey Quays Tesco Extra store and over 500 surface town centre parking spaces within an more land-efficient, mixed-use urban block.

384 new homes are co-located above the superstore in five separate residential buildings.  42 percent of the new homes are affordable tenure including 89 social rented homes for Southwark Council.

On the roof of the superstore is a very generous communal garden that has been thoughtfully designed by Space Hub for the enjoyment of all the residents.  It includes a variety of play spaces, meeting places and community allotments within a verdant landscape.

The residential buildings sit around the plot perimeter and are expressed as distinct, coming to ground to give impression of a conglomerate city block and mastering the large volume of the superstore.  The buildings have a shared materiality and there are common themes in the detailing that tie the block back together, particularly at street level.

Great care has been taken in trying to balance the necessary operational requirements of the superstore tenant with the civic requirements to provide a safe, attractive, and active public realm around the building that responds to the existing and future town centre context.

Dominic Milner Associate Director at Maccreanor Lavington said “We welcome the  unanimous support from the councillors following what has been a  complex but very collaborative design process.  We’re very proud of the result and looking forward to seeing the building delivered.”