Making the first move to unlock potential in East London.

  • Place: Rathbone Place, Canning Town – London

  • Partner: London Borough of Newham

  • Use: residential, retail, leisure

  • Scheme value: £200 million

  • Timeline: 2009 – present

Rathbone Market, Canning Town.

In Canning Town, the English Cities Fund has fully embraced the London housing challenge. We have built homes at scale, at pace, across tenures, and to excellent design and sustainability standards, to create a welcoming neighbourhood in one of the world’s great cities.

Our scheme at Rathbone Market was a critical catalyst for the Canning Town and Custom House Regeneration Area – established by Newham Council, with the aim of transforming this complex part of east London to benefit residents and drive growth.

The 651 homes we have built provide housing for Londoners across tenures: private sale, build to rent, affordable rent and shared ownership, with 25% of homes ring-fenced as affordable. All are set within a genuine community, supported by a new library and community hub, two public squares, and rooftop communal gardens. And yes, there’s a market too, forming the heart of the development.

The fund’s early investment in Canning Town demonstrated the potential of this area to deliver positive outcomes for investors, the council and the local community. Rathbone Market has been a real catalyst for transformation, visible in the further developments coming to the area from other investors and partners.

Minutes from the River Thames, benefitting from transport connections via Underground and Docklands Light Railway, and less than four miles from the City of London, Canning Town is now playing a bigger part in the capital and providing more homes for Londoners.

Canning Town.

"Thanks to the support of the English Cities Fund and the catalytic effect of their development at Rathbone Market, we are creating a really exciting place to live for all."

Amanda Reid, Head of Planning and Development at London Borough of Newham

Rathbone Market investors

  • LaSalle Investment ManagementAcquired 89 build to rent homes
  • Notting Hill HousingAcquired 157 homes over two phases, 122 affordable and 35 build to rent
  • FizzyLivingAcquired 75 built to rent homes

Rathbone Market occupiers

  • London Borough of NewhamCanning Town Library
  • Multiple retail occupiers

Rathbone Market awards

  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017Development of the Year (schemes of more than 200 homes) – Lumire
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2014Best Housing Project, Highly Commended – Lumire
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