Ken Livingstone launches search for developer at 200-home scheme in Gallions Park, Albert Docks

The LDA has selected a site for the Thames Gateway’s first ever zero carbon development.

A 3-acre site at Gallions Park in the Albert Docks will be the site for 200 new homes.

The LDA this week placed adverts in the UK and European press to begin the process of selecting a development partner.

As predicted in Building in March, Livingstone plans to use the Thames Gateway as a test-bed for low and zero carbon developments.

The LDA has been working with consultant Arup, which is currently working up plans for the world’s fist eco-city in Dongtan, China, on the initial phase.

Livingstone said he expects the standards set for Gallions Park will be applied to other housing sites in the Albert Docks.

He said: “This development aims to demonstrate that ‘zero carbon’ developments can be commercially and financially viable in the UK. To tackle climate change we have to ensure that all new developments are both designed to be as energy efficient as possible and generate as much energy as possible from renewable sources.

“At Gallions Park I hope we will show how the highest environmental standards for new buildings can and must in future become the norm.”

The LDA has also commissioned a feasibility study into developing a zero carbon city. When published it will inform the next phase of the project.