Hallsville Quarter reaches significant construction milestone

April 12th 2014

The completion of the concrete structure of Phase 1 of Hallsville Quarter was marked recently with a topping out ceremony attended by representatives from the key parties responsible for the development: London Borough of Newham, Bouygues Development and Bouygues UK, One Housing Group, Mountain Capital and Morrison’s.

The design and build contract is being carried out by Bouygues UK, and this milestone comes only 16 months after the start of construction on site. The next year will see the installation of the external facades and interior fit out, prior to the completion of this £77 million (Gross Development Value) first phase  in early 2015.

The £600 million (gross development value) town centre scheme is the critical element of the London Borough of Newham’s £3.7 billion Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme. The six hectare site will reconnect the areas north and south of the A13 flyover – linking Canning Town Corner with Barking Road and Rathbone Market – to create a thriving, accessible and safe town centre.

Phase one of the scheme will comprise 179 residential units of private and affordable housing, and a Morrison’s supermarket of over 7,000 square metres.  The entire town centre scheme to be delivered over five phases includes approximately 1,100 mixed tenure housing units, more than 30,000 square metres of leisure and retail space and over 3,000 square metres of space for community facilities and a health centre. New pedestrian links and cycling provision is also included, as well as 1,100 secure parking spaces.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales said: “I’ve always said Hallsville Quarter is the real game changer for Canning Town and it is fantastic to celebrate this milestone in the first phase of this outstanding programme, which will see a new town centre created for E16. The Morrisons supermarket will bring more than 250 new jobs to the area, the majority of which will go to local residents through Workplace, our successful job brokerage programme. We will also see the delivery of 71 affordable homes and we will work closely with One Housing Group to ensure Newham residents secure as many of these homes as possible.  The work of the council and our partners will ensure residents are at the heart of the programme and that they directly benefit from the regeneration.”

Nicolas Guerin, Managing Director, Bouygues Development said: “This is a significant milestone in the construction programme and everyone involved in this scheme has worked tirelessly to reach this point so it is fantastic that we are commemorating this phase. Bouygues Development and Bouygues UK Development are enormously proud to be part of such a transformational scheme in East London, a great example of the city’s continuing eastward shift”.

Mick Sweeney, Group Chief Executive at One Housing Group said: ‘We are proud to be providing the affordable housing at Hallsville Quarter. It’s important that we create more affordable homes to help people get onto the housing ladder but also to create sustainable, mixed communities which people can enjoy.’

Michael van den Berg at Morrisons, said: ‘Morrisons is delighted to be opening our 37th store in the capital as part of this landmark regeneration scheme.  Our new Hallsville Quarter store will create over 250 jobs for local people and we look forward to beginning recruitment early next year.  We want to create as many job opportunities for Newham residents as possible, before opening later in 2015.’


Pictured Sir Robin Wales and Madani Sow bury a time capsule to mark the Hallsville Quarter topping.

Note: Ceremony took place in a designated controlled area outside the construction zone.

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Hallsville Quarter

The £600 million regeneration of Canning Town has been given a new name to commemorate the significance of this transformational scheme and to create a strong and distinct identity for what is set to become the vibrant heart of Canning Town.

After extensive consultation between the scheme’s developer Bouygues Development, local residents and key stakeholders within the borough, Hallsville Quarter was selected as the new name for the Town Centre scheme. The name draws on the area’s rich cultural heritage, referencing the name of the original settlement of the Canning Town Centre site in the mid 19th century, known as ‘Hallsville’.


The Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme

The vision for the Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Programme is to create a thriving resilient and inspirational community in an economically vibrant area where both existing and new residents choose to live, work and stay.

The Programme includes the building of up to 10,000 new homes and two improved town centres and the £3.7billion project aims to transform the area physically, socially and economically.

Canning Town is located close to the Olympic Park, Canary Wharf and City Airport, with first-class transport links.  These superb connections give it phenomenal growth potential and the next few years will see an amazing transformation as Canning Town is established as a desirable place to live, work and visit for leisure and shopping.

The town centre will additionally benefit from a significant uplift in its population and providing a catalyst for its continued growth and development of the town centre as a retail and commercial location.


Bouygues UK

Bouygues UK operates under the following Management Units; Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale, and our property development and regeneration company, Bouygues Development.  In recent years, we have increased our presence in the UK through the acquisition of Warings, Thomas Vale, Leadbitter and Denne. These, together with our existing operations, position us as a major British player with a combined turnover of around £800 million, approximately 150 sites and 1500 people.

Both the Construction and Housing Management Units are structured to incorporate the activities of those businesses we have acquired with those that already existed in Bouygues UK.  Leadbitter, Denne and Thomas Vale continue to trade as their legal registered entities.  However, organising the relevant market skills and expertise within these companies under the disciplines of Construction and Housing enhances the service that we provide to our customers and the communities in which we work.

Delivering innovative and sustainable construction across a wide range of sectors, we are fully committed to intelligent management throughout the entire life-cycle of each project – guaranteeing efficiency and excellence.

Our unrivalled technical project solutions, combined with the strong financial position of our Group, are key differentiators.  As a national business, we recognise the importance of providing a local focus when delivering our projects, with a particular emphasis on local purchasing and employment. We are proud that our project teams consistently receive awards for ethical and considerate construction practices.

Through our long-term commitment to our clients and stakeholders, we are Shaping a Better Life through our global strength and local focus.

Bouygues UK is wholly owned by Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction. As a global player in construction and services, Bouygues Construction designs, builds and operates buildings and structures which improve the quality of people’s living and working environment: public and private buildings, transport infrastructures and energy and communications networks. A leader in sustainable construction, the Group and its 52,200 employees have a long-term commitment to helping their customers shape a better life. In 2013, Bouygues Construction generated sales of 11.1 billion Euros.


One Housing Group

One Housing Group is a leading provider of housing and care and support services in London and the South East. We manage almost 15,000 homes with plans to create almost 2,000 more affordable homes over the next five years, funded by selling 4,000 new private homes. We’re commercially driven and dynamic but at the same time we’re passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives and communities. Our vision is to use our commercial success to develop more high-quality homes and services that foster aspiration, independence and well-being.

For more information please visit onehousinggroup.co.uk



Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest food retailer with over 500 stores and our business is mainly food and grocery – the weekly shop. Uniquely we source and process most of the fresh food that we sell though our own manufacturing facilities, giving us close control over provenance and quality.  We have a strong commitment to British farmers and we have more people preparing more food in store than any other retailer including butchers, bakers and fishmongers. Every week, more than 11.5 million customers pass through our doors and more than 129,000 colleagues across the business work hard each day to deliver great service to them. With competitive prices and hundreds of special offers, we are proud to save our customers money every day.

Morrisons currently employs 7,500 Londoners and, by 2015, it is estimated that this will increase to over 11,000 – with further new employment created as a spin off in the services and facilities sectors.

The new Morrisons at Hallsville Quarter will provide approximately 250 new jobs in Newham, including full-time, part-time and training positions.  Morrisons works closely with the communities it is located in to maximise the opportunities for local people, particularly those who are unemployed.  We work with the local JobCentre Plus and typically half of Morrisons’ new hires are people who were previously long-term unemployed.  75 per cent of our colleagues typically live within three miles of the store they work in.  Morrisons is also one of the leading providers of apprenticeships in the UK.  In 2011, Morrisons employed approximately 37,000 apprentices across the country.  Highly-trained bakers, butchers and fishmongers train new apprentices on site, equipping them with real skills and real prospects.  Morrisons also offers a range of qualifications through the Morrisons Academy and, last year, over 5,500 people progressed from the shop floor to managerial positions.

Mountain Capital

Mountain Capital is the trading name for a group of companies covering four key investment areas: residential and commercial property, leisure and care homes. The company’s main focus at the moment is residential property investment, specifically in inner London with a special interest in Docklands and areas of regeneration.  Mountain Capital is a private business in which all the shareholders are actively working on a day to day basis.

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