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Surrey Quays

Surrey Quays is a largely residential area of south-east London, occupying the former site of the Surrey Commercial docks.  Part of the residential district of Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays covers an area from Canada Water to South Dock.


After the closure of Surrey Docks in 1970, 90% of the docks were filled in and almost all of the warehousing was demolished.  The area remained derelict for almost a decade until the London Docklands Development Corporation was established by Margaret Thatcher to redevelop the former dockyard areas of east London.


During the late 1980s and early 1990s an extensive programme of regeneration took place with 1000s of new homes being built, ranging from large apartment complexes to individual detached housing.  The area was also given a number of attractions for new residents and visitors alike, including the Russia Dock Woodland wildlife reserve, a marina and a sailing facility, the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre.  Further phases of development at Canada Water were started in 2005 and are still underway.