A former Rotherhithe dock that became a regeneration zone.
Canada Water station opened in 1999, providing an interchange between the East London line (now part of the London Overground network) and the newly-built Jubilee line extension.
Canada Dock was constructed in 1876 on the site of two former timber ponds and was the first major scheme of the Surrey Commercial Docks Company, an amalgamation of former rivals. The dock took its name from its specialisation in Anglo-Canadian trade.
The proximity of the East London Railway posed difficulties for the builders, who used enormous amounts of concrete to ensure that the line would never be flooded. Huge new warehouses were built alongside the new dock, each capable of holding 35,000 tons of grain.
In 1926 two neighbouring timber ponds were replaced by Quebec Dock, which was connected to Canada Dock.
In the early 1980s, following the progressive closure of the Surrey Docks and their reinvention as Surrey Quays, all of Quebec Dock and most of Canada Dock were filled in. Surrey Quays shopping centre covered the bulk of the Canada Dock site and the Mast leisure park replaced the dock’s southern goods yard with a nine-screen cinema, bingo, ten-pin bowling and several ‘formula’ restaurants with an emphasis on American cuisine. The remaining northern portion of the dock was reduced in depth and reeds were planted to encourage waterfowl.
Next came a major regeneration project that has turned Canada Water into “a new town centre for Rotherhithe,” in a joint initiative by Southwark council and British Land. In addition to the usual mix of homes, commercial premises and a new public space, the scheme’s landmark feature is a library and culture space that opened in 2012.
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