We don’t need to remind you of the drastic regeneration and change that has been taking place throughout much of East London over recent years.
However there is one group of social entrepreneurs, who’ve been plugging away in the area over the past couple of decades, that do deserve a special mention; they are the heads behind Water City regeneration.
Have a little look at what they do, in the video below:
“Water City is a vision of a revitalised east London to meet the aspirations of the 21st century; a practical vehicle for Olympic legacy; a rebranding of an area associated with its deprived industrial and docklands past. Creating Water City is a 40 year journey; we are already halfway there.”
With a portfolio that includes the Bromley-by-Bow centre, a partnership with Leaside Regeneration (whose previous works include the restorations of both Poplar library and Bromley Town Hall) and close relationships with local companies to restore surrounding housing estates, the time and effort Water City are (and have been) investing in East London, has been instrumental to the area’s progression as a whole.
They say there is a gargantuan “20 billion pounds of development going to happen down the Lea Valley in the next 20 years”, and one can easily concur that Water City is indeed “a vision for the future for the regeneration of the East End of London.”
It is fantastic to see such a high level of investment and commitment in the area of our capital that will soon have millions upon millions of inquisitive eyes upon it in just a few weeks’ time.
But it is safe to say that there exists now “a new sense of place” and these areas of East London (including East Village) can be proud of themselves as a collaborative new “global destination”.