Open House at Wapping's Newest Artist's Studios

10th May 2016

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The studios, which launched in June 2015, are located on St George's London Dock development and managed by charity Bow Arts.

Members of the public are invited to explore the network of 90 working studios inside the 200 year old listed warehouse and view artworks created by the emerging and established artists who work there.

Marcel Baettig, Chief Executive of Bow Arts said: "It is extremely exciting to be opening up the Rum Factory studios to the public for the first time. We look forward to welcoming art curators, collectors, local residents as well as art fans from across London to see our fantastic studios at work."

Craig Carson, Managing Director for St George said: "Wapping is fast becoming an exciting new quarter for the creative industries. The opening of the artist studios will showcase the artists who are creating masterpieces of the future, right here on our doorstep."

The Open Studios will run from 2pm to 8pm on 14 May 2016 in the Rum Factory, Bow Arts, Unit 4, Pennington Street, E1W 2BD. The event is free to attend and booking is not required.

St George was granted planning permission for London Dock in March 2014. The 15 acre site is being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood with 1,800 new homes (486 of which will be affordable) and 180,000 sq ft of commercial space, ideal for the creative industries and contributing to Wapping's growing creative quarter.

The development will be set within 7.5 acres of beautifully landscaped open space, with a public square at its heart which can stage events throughout the year including local markets and concerts. The Quayside, a new pedestrian boulevard, will link Vaughan Way to Tobacco Dock activated with shops, cafes and restaurants. A 375m long Promenade will create a tranquil waterside pedestrian route connecting St Katharine Docks to Tobacco Dock and beyond.

The first residents will move into their homes in autumn 2016. 
 
For further information, please contact FTI Consulting:

Ollie Pratt     T: 0203 727 1428 E: Ollie.Pratt@fticonsulting.com 
Sian Disson  T: 0203 727 1747 E: Sian.Disson@fticonsulting.com 

Notes to Editor

About London Dock
In March 2014, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets granted permission to St George to transform London Dock site in Wapping into a residential-led mixed use development.

The world-class Patel Taylor masterplan includes:
• 1,800 homes, 486 homes (30%) of which will be affordable
• 180,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace
• 7.5 acres of landscaped open space (6 acres of which is public space) including a major new public square at its heart
• Land for a six form entry secondary school and sixth form college for 1,200 pupils
 
Construction of London Dock started in September 2014. The first residents will move into their homes in summer 2016. 

St George is contributing over £6 million in Section 106 funding for local leisure facilities, public open space and public realm improvements, as well as extensive local employment and training commitments, including 65 apprenticeships.

About St George
St George is proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group, London's leading mixed use developer and a FTSE 100 company. We regenerate brownfield land to create thriving new communities in attractive landscaped environments.

Since 2000, St George has delivered 9,500 homes, 2,700 (30%) of which are affordable, 920,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace and 83,000 sq ft of community space, as well as 36 acres of open space. Each home St George delivers creates or sustains 5.6 jobs.

In 2002 St George was the first residential developer to be granted the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Berkeley Group as a whole received this prestigious accolade in 2008 and again in 2014. In 2015, the Berkeley Group won the Sunday Times Housebuilder of the Year Award and was awarded National Property Company and Residential Property Company of the Year by Estates Gazette. 

About Bow Arts
Bow Arts was established as an educational arts charity in 1995, based in East London. It supports a community of over 500 artists with affordable, secure, creative workspace in the heart of London's Artist Quarter.

Bow Arts also manages one of the country's most exciting education programmes. The schools programme, working in over 90 east London schools, taking world class artists into the classroom to improve the lives and learning of children and young people. The projects, workshops and training are proven to raise attainment, deliver on school improvement priorities and provide top quality learning experiences.

Bow Arts works closely with a number of partners including Notting Hill Housing, East Thames, Poplar HARCA, the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, and is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England.
About Wapping

A stone's throw from the City and Tower Bridge, Wapping is one of the capital's best kept secrets: a thriving and growing cultural quarter. What was once the centre of London's international trade is home to some of London's most exciting creative businesses including Wilton's Music Hall theatre, Bow Arts' Rum Factory, Aedas architecture practice, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station (formerly the Wapping Project and the venue for an Annie Leibovitz photography exhibition in 2016) and Studio Spaces photography studio.

Award-winning international architectural and masterplanning practice, JTP (formerly John Thompson and Partners) will also move its head office to the Pennington Street Warehouse, Wapping in 2017. 

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