A new Docklands skyscraper celebrates the area’s impressive maritime past, often a missing architectural ingredient.

Thirty-storey Douglass Tower honours Sir James Douglass, a Victorian civil engineer and prolific lighthouse designer responsible for many of the UK’s most famous coastal beacons.

The building is part of Goodluck Hope, a new neighbourhood bringing 804 homes and a riverside cultural hub to a booming part of east London.

Trinity Buoy Wharf lighthouse, alongside the site, was commissioned in 1864 by Trinity House, the UK’s lighthouse authority, and is the only surviving lighthouse in London.

Originally used to aid navigation on the Thames and to train lighthouse-keepers, it no longer functions and is home to various art projects.

The boldly coloured new tower contains 167 apartments and is crowned by a metal-framed “Lantern Room”, an enormous “lifestyle” space with a viewing platform where residents can work or chill out.

A new river bus pier is being built to connect this new address, only a river bend away from Canary Wharf, to the City and central London, adding a traditional mode of transport to the area’s fast-improving rail links.

Goodluck Hope revives a name dating from medieval shipping maps of London. Going up alongside Douglass Tower are traditional-looking brick-clad warehouse-style blocks.

A central street lined on one side by townhouses with “atelier” spaces for homeworkers will cut through the neighbourhood, while a listed dry dock, whose structure has been re-formed to the outline of a great cruise liner, is to become a club space.

Another dockside block will house a spa and swimming pool, café and restaurants, microbrewery and cinema, while between the buildings are passageways, that help reimagine the site’s maritime past.

Views across and along the river are spectacular. This Isle of Dogs outpost has an authenticity that much of the new Docklands lacks, being a working section of the river with tugboats and commercial vessels, and also having a primary school.

For us here at Warehouse K, we have seen this whole area go from strength to strength, as more businesses and global corporations see East London as the way forward.

The amount of investment flowing into the area is staggering, from the £300m Royal Docks regeneration plan, to the vast £2bn Canada Water scheme, where they are attempting to build a brand new town.

This investment is facilitating rapid but also sustainable growth, as the government and businesses alike look to long-term growth options like new cultural hubs and enterprise zones.

For more information about making Warehouse K your base, get in touch with us or come and see for yourself.