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Richard Desmond builds on Docklands’ printing site

Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star is developing the site where he used to print his newspapers in Westferry, south Isle of Dogs. He will provide 772 homes to form a ‘new town’, writes The Evening Standard.

The development won planning consent in August 2016 after a battle with Tower Hamlets council which said there was not enough affordable housing in the development. The then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson gave the project planning permission in April 2016.

A row with a local sailing club over the effect of the scheme’s nine towers of up to 30 storeys high would have on wind conditions on the dock, has been resolved by Desmond’s company, Northern & Star which pledged to cover “costs and expenses” incurred as a result of any ‘wind impact.’ Read More

Deptford pupils to create art for local Tideway construction project

School children in Deptford are to create a piece of art that will be placed on hoardings for a local construction project. Tideway, the company delivering London’s new ‘super sewer’, has called for artists to help pupils develop a large-scale piece to decorate Tideway’s Deptford Church Street site in Lewisham. The collaborative project will see… Read More

Consortium appointed for the Lower Thames Crossing project

Design firm Arcadis along with engineers CH2M and Cowi have together won a technical and environmental support contract as part of a £5 billion infrastructure project linking Essex and Kent by a tunnel under the lower Thames. Highways England has appointed this joint venture, working under the name LTC Cascade, to provide technical support for… Read More

MOLA offers the public a free app to record at-risk archaeology

Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) is offering Londoners a free app so they can help it locate vulnerable archaeology along the Thames.

MOLA says: “With nothing more than the phone in your pocket, you can explore and record at-risk archaeology

along the Thames estuary on the go, dating from pre-historic times to the present!

Smart phones and tablets are powerful archaeological recording tools: with a camera and a GPS they are

perfect for locating and recording new archaeological features.”

CITiZAN’s archaeology survey app is free to download and is available for Android and Apple devices.

Adopt a part of the Thames estuary and champion your local heritage! The app can be carried wherever you go and is ideal for long-term monitoring of archaeological features at risk on the foreshore.

For more information, visit

MOLA adds: We hope you enjoyed Channel 4’s recent mini-series Britain at Low Tide featuring CITiZAN archaeologists and volunteers. MOLA was thrilled at the chance to share the amazing archaeology it monitors along the coast and inter-tidal zone with such a wide audience.

MOLA’s registered online CITiZAN surveyors can record archaeology at low tide using our free smartphone app CITiZAN Coastal Archaeology Survey, available for Android and Apple devices.You will need to register – a simple three-step process!

The CITiZAN app is designed to work offline, as mobile coverage can be patchy in places along our coastlines. Read More

Havering wins £1.3m Lottery funds to improve landscape

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has been granted £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the quality of the  landscape and cultural heritage around Havering, the outer London borough that cleaves to the M25 in the east. Romford is its principle town along with Rainham, Upminister and Hornchurch.  The scheme,… Read More

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