Developer begins construction on PKS Architects project in Canada Water, London, despite pressures of housing downturn

Despite the worst housing slump in living memory Barratt is pressing ahead with a 2,000-unit housing scheme at Canada Water in London.

Barratt East London started the development known as Maple Quays last week. It is working with Southwark council, British Land Canada Quays and the local community to provide a new library, a civic plaza, shops, a play area and green space.

Barratt East London managing director Alastair Baird said: “Maple Quays will transform Rotherhithe and grow into a major asset to the local community and the wider London economy.”

Barratt is continuing to work with PKS Architects on a neighbouring site to add another 186 apartments and 700 more homes to the complex, subject to planning approval.

The first homes in Maple Quays are expected to be completed by September 2008.