SHIPBUILDING at Surrey Quays

The Surrey Quays Shopping Centre; its past, present and future

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this summer Surrey Quays Shopping Centre invited youngsters from the local community to help out the visiting Lego team in building a giant ship, as an homage to the area’s rich maritime history. The three-metre long ship has been on display in the middle of the mall and Centre Manager Ian Moore announced a competition open for everyone to name the ship.

UPDATE: With over 600 entries, the competition to win a hamper of Lego® goodies was won by Danah Vidler Alsheba who chose the name ‘Canadian Wind’ to christen the Lego masterpiece. Congratulations to Danah!

The 280,000 square-foot shopping centre first opened in 1988 and was quickly expanded by another 8.3 acres to include Surrey Quays Leisure Park with a 9-screen Odeon cinema, Gala Bingo, Hollywood Bowl, restaurants and bars. It now stands as the retail hub of the docklands area with a number of major stores for men and women’s fashion, sports and leisure, jewellery, accessories, entertainment and gifts.

The Surrey Quays peninsula has gone through radical change in the past 30 years, most of which was linked to the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), an agency set up by the government in 1981 to regenerate the east London area. The LDDC spearheaded a number of important ventures in the area, including the development of London City Airport, the ExCel Exhibition Centre, Canary Wharf and of course the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, generating a huge buzz in the area and creating more than 120,000 new jobs.

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Centre Manager Ian Moore alongside the finished vessel

In the past few months big news has been announced for the shopping centre. Further phased development is planned to revamp the entire site and make it the destination shopping experience for south London with riverside shopping and dining to rival the likes of Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford.

Redriff Road
SE16 7LL
Nearest trains:
Canada Water and Surey Quays (overground)
Canada Water (tube – Jubilee Line)

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