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Royal Wharf, E16

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4.08 Rating (based on 15 reviews) 15 reviews

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Very Good

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Average

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Royal Wharf is a huge development overlooking the River Thames and close to London City Airport. Built by Ballymore and designed by David Morley Architects, it comprises some 3,385 homes, as well as a high street, market square and waterfront park and walkway. Pontoon Dock DLR station is close by, providing fast and frequent services to Canary Wharf and the City. Read more

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3.8
Facilities
4.47
Design
3.8
Location
3.87
Value
3.86
Management

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Amazing Views

Really love the views of the surrounding area, the quality of life has improved dramatically in recent years and the Royal Wharf is a welcome addition to the area and I am now a proud tenant of a 2 bed apartment.

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There are wonderful community amenities all very local to the royal whalf, and all very affordable too. I have recently started eating at a wonderful new salad bar which opened on the dock last month.

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I just wish I had purchased a higher flat, as i imagine the views would be incredible higher up. Also the floorboards in the above me are very creaky, that is the only downside to be honest. Apart from that I am very happy.

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Be part of East London’s newest community

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Very new, still a few hurdles that need ironing out, such as security but overall a very nice place to live! New gym and pool being built, shops and independent cafes opening up, really starting to look and feel like a community. No noise issues and neighbours are welcoming.

Flats are all built to the same specifications, look like they could last a long time.
Biggest issue is parking and receiving deliveries, but with enough reason these will hopefully stop being problems!

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Great DLR links to the city, not much choice of shops but Stratford and Woolwich are both very close.

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Bad cellphone signal, which can only be improved with time. WiFi calling is a must.

Some flat have terrible views, make sure you know what you’re getting into.

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Lovely development – great location and build

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I fell in love with this development since I’ve seen it the first time. There’s a local Starbucks, Sainsbury’s and a concierge at the moment – with a leisure centre (which is free for residents) and a bar opening before the end of the year. Overall, this development is coming along very nicely, lots of lovely people – there’s many new buildings finishing up soon so lots of opportunities for viewings. Only issue is that the postcode doesn’t show up everywhere if you’re doing loads of online shopping but I’m sure this will come along soon enough and there’s always a way around that anyways!

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The only downside is that there’s still quite a lot of construction going on within the development – but the people and spirit within the community make up for it!

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The water and gas is provided communally and you’re not able to switch gas providers due to this.

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Enjoying Royal Wharf living

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We moved in 6 months ago as one of the first tenants and are really enjoying Royal Wharf. The commute to the city is really easy and takes 20 minutes on the DLR, our flat is lovely and the design and layout of the development is fantastic. There were a few early small issues but they were quickly sorted and to be expected in a newly completed building. Our only disappointment has been in the lack of community facilities. With many parts of the development still being built these have not been completed yet and we feel the lack of community – a bar or other facilities would be of benefit to current residents though as buildings are completed I am sure this will improve over time.

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The brochures said there would be a number of facilities available to residents but many of these have still not been completed. I wish I had known the timeline for these additional services in advance as the Sainsburys wasn’t completed until December, 4 months after we moved in. Many things haven’t been finished yet so ask for a timeline.

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Lack of updates

I love my flat and living here but it has been annoying how little we hear about the timeline for completion of services. I was hoping the leisure centre would be ready this summer but people are now saying 2019. My landlord said he is chasing for more information.

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Lack of updates from developers

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Lack of communication

With the lack of central facilities for a while (at the time I was furious about the delay to the supermarket) it has meant that it has been hard to meet neighbours. The Leisure centre was meant to be completed but I now hear from neighbours that it will be end of 2018 or maybe 2019. When you are a stay at home mum it is disappointing and there is a complete lack of communication on what ws happening. However it is improving and businesses on site are starting to open up.

The Royal Wharf news forum is amazing for updates and for finding out what is happening (quicker than the developer messaging you) There is also a residents facebook group (you need to ask to be invited) where people ask questions but there are also events and meet ups advertised (usually at the Starbucks) .

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A direct number to someone in the developers office! Probably realising that I could find out a lot from the forum on royalwharfnews and it would have saved me a lot of searching and emailing the developer

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Pleased with my investment

I have invested in a number of developments within London but am always delighted with the quality and output by Ballymore. The design of this development is laid out well and once complete I am confident of the community that will grow here and the reflection this will have on pricing. My flat was quickly rented out through my agent – the feedback I have had is that this is proving to be a popular alternative to the busy Canary Wharf. My tenants have been living there for 5 months and whilst I don’t have much direct contact with them there have only been a few minor teething issues and they have already expressed interest in extending their lease beyond the initial one year term. Overall I am very pleased with Royal Wharf as an investment considering the challenges of the current market.

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As per some of the other reviews there has been a delay with onsite facilities being opened but building work is happening at a pace and I believe by the end of 2018 that this will no longer be an issue.

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High standard quality living in suburban London

Verified Resident

My overall impression on Royal Wharf is positive; a sizeable modern suburb in close proximity to two DLR stations (less than 3min walk) with professional Concierge services, a post room, local Sainsbury and Starbucks on site. The environment is clean, safe and quiet – even though parts of the development are still under construction the noise levels are minimal. However, you hear planes jetting off quite often throughout the day as the site is one tube stop away from London City Airport. Also, some residents complain about no mobile phone service despite being with various mobile networks providers. When it comes to the flat itself, had some minor issues when moving in (missing key, faulty light bulb) that were quickly fixed by my Estate Agent. Later on I always knew who to contact when experiencing other issues.

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Wish I had known the completion dates of the local facilities (e.g. Sainsbury, post room etc) as they were not present when I moved in.

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Mobile phone reception

I can’t get any mobile phone reception in my flat. I have been told by neighbours and my agent that this is really common in new build properties due to all the steel but being new to new build something I wasn’t aware of. It is a pain as have to facetime or whatsapp call but get lots of missed calls.

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No mobile phone signal in my flat

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Service charges are opaque

In December I finally received a service charge demand from BAML.

Ours being a townhouse, the initial estimate was GBP1.59 per sq ft which would be about GBP2385 for our house. However, it seems the charges will in fact be somewhere close to double this amount. It was unclear from the bill how they have apportioned the cost and some seemed bizarre. I won’t go into all the detail here and I had many emails back and forth with BAML to explain why charges had been proportioned as they had.

The whole thing is much too opaque and it seems to be made intentionally difficult or impossible to check if they have made a mistake with the way the costs are being shared out. It is also frustrating to have such high charges when so much of the development – such as the leisure centre – haven’t been completed. Residents agreed to pay and now a Residents Association has been set up to challenge.

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Don’t take estimations as actual. Visit the Royalwharf forum and hear from other residents.

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