The redevelopment of The Goodsyard is a fantastic opportunity to bring back into use a site that has lain derelict for 50 years – in the process restoring listed architectural gems like the Braithwaite Arches and Oriel Gateway. It will see the creation of a new elevated 2.4 acre park, over 1,300 new homes for London with affordable housing on-site and around 90 new retail units to accommodate independent retailers next to established brands.
There will also be a new GP surgery and 840,000 sq ft of office space – including affordable office space for the tech startups and small creative businesses that have made the area what it is today.
As with any major development, the project will take a number of years to complete and we’re already working on plans to ensure that the 7,000+ jobs it brings will help local people into stable, rewarding careers. An onsite ‘Jobs Hub’ will ensure local people get first sight of upcoming employment opportunities and The Goodsyard’s Jobs and Skills programme will work in partnership with both Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils and local schools to help young people make the most of apprenticeships and other opportunities.
We’re also determined to support the unique community around the site with our Goodsyard People programme. Goodsyard People was inspired by the work the joint venture has already beeing doing, working in partnership with community groups and organisations that deliver educational and enterprise activities for young people. It goes beyond our statutory requirements and is a long-term commitment to support, through small grants, technical expertise and discounted spaces; the businesses that give the area its creative edge; the community groups that are its lifeblood and the people that call it home.