Was the last time you met someone who worked in the office five days a week? We’re willing to bet not since the Covid-19 pandemic has spread around the world tearing up the 9-to-5 rulebook and replacing it with all sorts of mixed working arrangements.
According to research by London-based property agency JLL, 87 per cent of people worked from home less than once a week before the pandemic. Now, 58 percent plan to work from home at least once or twice a week — and it follows, then, that our living conditions need to adapt accordingly.
One neighborhood in London that has the foresight to see this transformation coming is Royal Docks. Once a thriving center of Victorian innovation and industry, this prime riverside area has, over the past decade, been undergoing a period of renovation, with 4,774 new homes creating a coveted new ‘village’ within the capital. The district even had the seal of approval of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who had recently moved, along with the Greater London Authority, to the Royal Crystal Docks; The new permanent city council site in the capital.
A significant moment in this area of East London, the move is expected to result in a total of 25,000 new homes and 60,000 new jobs at Royal Docks over the next 20 years. Meanwhile, the area is also being promoted as a prime example of a “15-minute city”, where high-quality public transportation, utilities, green spaces and community areas provide access to everything they want and need in 15 minutes or less, while also attracting non-residents with Variety of restaurants, bars, shops and outdoor spaces.
One of the developments driving the renovation of the Royal Docks is RiverscapeA new building on the waterfront built by the real estate developer Ballymore. Ideally located between the 40-acre Royal Wharf and leafy Lyle Park, as well as being moments from two DLR stations, it was designed from the start with a modern model of hybrid living in mind.
Designed by Jaki Amos, from renowned London-based interior design firm Amos & Amos, the apartments at Riverscape prioritize natural light, panoramic river views, and flexible living spaces that can easily be configured to provide a home office, play area, dining room or a side-by-side art studio. With room to entertain.
Riverscape residents will also benefit from the use of the impressive lobby areas and the private Sky Lounge on the penthouse level which can be used as a co-working space, private dining area or event space with great views of the Thames. There’s also a 24-hour concierge, a dedicated property manager and a forward-thinking app that offers lifestyle management at the touch of a button, while Riverscape residents will also be given access to the Clubhouse on Royal Wharf, with full use of the 25-meter pool. Swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, jacuzzi, modern gym and a full list of exercise classes.
Riverscape apartments range in size from one to three bedrooms, with completion scheduled to begin in the fall of 2023 with potential residents encouraged to register their interest now. And with Royal Docks promising the perfect blend of community amenities, hospitality and lifestyle set to grow and evolve over the next two decades, we recommend getting your name out early.