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Spending time in green space and bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Under new government plans to restore nature, every household in England will be within a 15-minute walk of green space or water, and new homes launched this week are helping to restore that balance in central London living.

Unveiling 186 innovative studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom net-zero apartments, The Founding at Canada Water is the first collection by leading property developer British Land to launch at London’s newest sustainable district surrounded by green space and waterways.

Set within the flagship 35-storey residence, these expansive open plan homes will complete next year and will provide a unique perspective and panoramic views across London, framed by feature windows to filter natural light into the home and private balconies.

Bespoke interiors have been carefully curated by award-winning design studio Conran and Partners, featuring brushed stainless steel and a matte finish inspired by the location’s industrial heritage.  Ironmongery, polished concrete-style worktops and European oak flooring have further been incorporated to reflect the area’s rich heritage as a former shipping and timber heartland and a working dock during the 18th and 19th centuries.

In homage to the 130 acres of surrounding woodlands, parks, docks and waterways, and in keeping with the sustainable vision of the Canada Water masterplan, a mix of natural and sustainable materials have been incorporated to create a contemporary and elegant feel. High recessed ceilings feature exposed concrete and designer track lighting, while soft furnishings include 100% wool carpets, linens, textured fabrics, and recycled materials.

Emma Cariaga, Head of Residential and Joint Head of Canada Water, at British Land, said: “Sustainability has been prioritised through the design and delivery of every element of the new homes and reflects rising consumer awareness of the need to make sustainably driven decisions in every aspect of our lives. The apartments at The Founding will benefit from panoramic views across London’s skyline while being surrounded by an incredible amount of greenery, from parks to woodlands and the River Thames.”

This new central London district will be a place to live, work, play and relax and nature will play an important role in fostering a community that inspires living well.

Nina Coulter, director at Savills, comments: “The demand for not only green spaces but homes near water continues to grow from all types of buyers. Canada Water will provide an abundance of wide green spaces adding huge health benefits to residents from cleaner air to improving well-being. Increasingly, buyers are looking for areas that provide a natural environment and a resilient, sustainable urban fabric, that will add value to their recreational time as well. Schemes such as Canada Water in particular provide a valuable opportunity to build nature into the core of a development offering.”

 A once-in-a-lifetime destination, Canada Water, British Land’s 53-acre masterplan is set to deliver 3,000 net zero homes, office space for an estimated 20,000 workers and up to one million square foot of leisure, cultural and education facilities.

Emma Cariaga, Head of Residential and Joint Head of Canada Water, at British Land, further adds: “Canada Water is the most ambitious and sustainably driven regeneration project underway in London. The launch of The Founding presents a rare opportunity to purchase a home at the very start of a high-profile masterplan and be a part of an incredible revitalisation story. A whole new district and destination for London, will be created at Canada Water, with the rest of London on the doorstep. Canada Water is incredibly well-connected to central London, minutes from London Bridge, and has huge untapped potential – it's incredibly exciting.”

A net-zero neighbourhood by 2030, the project has enlisted an esteemed list of world-class partners and will incorporate the most innovative materials and a sustainability first approach to all elements of design and construction. From earth friendly concrete to an all-electric energy strategy which uses 100% renewable electricity, to heat sharing between offices and homes, to finding inventive ways to give old buildings a new lease of life.

Canada Water will have 12 acres of new open space, including a 3.5-acre park, a new Town Square, the first new high street in London in a generation and 16 new streets. The destination is served by the Jubilee Line, London Overground and TfL bus services, with proximity to the best of art, culture, nature and nightlife that London has to offer.


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