Tall building specialist WSP is to provide structural and geotechnical engineering for Westferry Printworks in London’s Docklands



The project involves the regeneration of a 16 acre site of the former Westferry Printworks, adjacent to Millwall Docks, into a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood near Canary Wharf. WSP will be working alongside PLP Architects and Mace Developments for Northern & Shell PLC, which set up and operated the Printworks since the 1980s.

The new neighbourhood will feature over 700 homes (including 140 affordable homes), 40,000 sq ft of commercial and retail space, community centre, crèche and healthcare facilities and a new secondary school, which will have 1,200 places. The site has also been designed to allow up to 75% of the land to be used for beautiful open spaces and waterside walks, two new parks and a new south facing dockside waterfront promenade.

The buildings range from 4 to 30 storeys, and WSP's extensive experience of high-rise and mid-rise residential developments in Docklands, along with its significant knowledge of the ground conditions at Millwall Dock area, has enabled efficient foundation and basement solutions coupled with elegant designs in keeping with the growing Canary Wharf area.

WSP is the engineer behind London’s tallest residential and commercial skyscrapers including the Shard, 22 Bishopsgate, One Undershaft as well as South Quay Plaza and Newfoundland in Docklands.

Jane Richards, WSP head of structures, said: “We’re proud to be working on a project where the unique, long term investment approach will provide the local area a lasting legacy. Our structures business is built on our reputation for tall building design that creates new communities and sustains existing ones, and Westferry Printworks continues our longstanding involvement with the most iconic projects in London and the Docklands.”

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 About Westferry Printworks:

This development will be a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood for London, just minutes from Canary Wharf. It will provide over 700 new homes, two new parks, a 1,200 space secondary school, sports facilities, an exciting mix of independent retailers, restaurants and bars, a community centre, a crèche and healthcare facilities and a cultural ‘hub’ – with a sense of neighbourhood at its heart. The homes will be available for purchase or rent, and will include affordable housing within the development. This is part of a 16 acre development of the former Westferry Printworks which closed in 2011.



 WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Our 36,700 people, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

 In the UK, 7,100 people (including Mouchel Consulting) provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals. The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.


 About Northern & Shell:

Northern & Shell was founded in December 1974 as the publisher of the music magazine International Musician and Recording World. Since then the group has experienced over four decades of expansion, becoming a significant force in British and worldwide media, with a portfolio of assets that includes national newspapers, celebrity magazines and The Health Lottery together with a number of property interests.

Northern & Shell was proud to be one of the first of a new generation of businesses occupying the Docklands area in the early 1980s and continued to be a major employer in the area through its businesses located in The Northern & Shell Tower and its operation of the Westferry Printworks.

The group is now looking forward to the next phase of their long term involvement with the Docklands area through the redevelopment of the Westferry Printworks site with the aim of creating a vibrant new waterfront neighbourhood just minutes from Canary Wharf.

About Mace Developments

Mace Developments is the development manager for Westferry Printworks, and is delighted to be taking the scheme from the planning stage through to completion and occupation of the site.

The Mace Developments team have extensive specialist experience in managing both public and private mixed-use and residential developments across the UK. Having delivered landmark projects that have transformed landscapes and enhanced communities, Mace will be leading the development to breathe new life into the former print works site to deliver a top quality, attractive and inviting place that everyone in the neighbourhood can enjoy.

Mace Developments is an integral part of the wider Mace Group, which develops, consults, constructs and operates across the full property cycle.

 For further information about Mace please contact:

Chloe Doyle

Communications Manager, Mace


020 3824 3421