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Topping out of Canning Town development’s final phase
The final phase of a £160million development is one step closer to completion.
A topping out ceremony has been held at Lumire, the third part of the Rathbone Market regeneration scheme. Across the three phases, more than 650 new homes will have been created by English Cities fund and Newham Council, in addition to retail spaces and community areas.
Cllr Lester Hudson, deputy mayor of Newham said: “This is a very exciting moment as we head towards the completion of the first major development in the regeneration of Canning Town. “We have always had a vision for the area of better housing, more community facilities and job opportunities for our residents and the Rathbone Market scheme has provided all of this, as well as preserving a permanent home for the historic market. “There is a diverse community in the area and combined with Canning Town’s great transport links it is a really exciting place to live. I look forward to the development’s completion and welcoming the newest residents to Lumire.”
The name is a nod to the striking gold balconies that will feature on the building as well as being a beacon for the area. The Rathbone Market regeneration project has been running for almost a decade and also includes the Vermillion and Aurelia developments. Guy Fowler, Director of contractors John Sisk and Son, added: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been involved at Rathbone Market from the outset, with all three developments, Lumire, Vermillion & Aurelia. “I am proud of the work our team has undertaken to meet the vision for Newham and ECf to provide comfortable homes that have a major impact on the quality of life for the residents and community in Canning Town.”
Yesterday’s ceremony included the embedding of symbolic items into the Lumire development, including olive oil to symbolise protection, a yew twig as an emblem of rebirth, water from the Thames to represent a turning point in history and a bottle of beer from London brewers Meantime to symbolise celebration. The chairman of ECf, Sir Michael Lyons, was also presented with a ceremonial trowel by Mr Fowler. Sir Michael said: “The development has undoubtedly been the catalyst for wider regeneration in this area, delivering new space for Newham, a hub for the community, and a reinvigorated Rathbone Market - something we are very proud of and one of the key drivers behind ECf’s regeneration agenda.” The Lumire development will comprise of suites and apartments of between one and three bedrooms, and is due for completion towards the end of this year.