Royal Wharf, E16
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Royal Wharf, E16

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4.13 Rating (based on 15 reviews) 15 reviews

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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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4.47
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3.8
Location
3.87
Value
3.86
Management

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Problems with the heating

Ongoing issues with the hot water since we moved in 9 months ago. For us it it’s a pressure issue where as we are on the top floor. The only way to get hot water is to have it on max temperature and volume. This isn’t acceptable to us as it will scald us and our children.
I believe that they are having issues with the energy centre and the pumps within our building. I notified aftercare of the issue and they performed some works and things seemed as though they were resolved but we’ve experienced the on off issue with water this weekend again. I had contractors come to check out my internal heating etc and it was concluded it was definitely the pumps below contributing to the problem. Unfortunately the communications from the aftercare team and Ballymore in general is non-existent when there are communal issues like this!

I hate complaining as in general we are very happy here and the rerst of the development and facilities are great, but our experience has been overshadowed by this unfortunately and I know lots of people on top floors are having the same issues so be warned.

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Not to live on the top floor!

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Poor build quality

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It seems like the development has been rushed, yet looks good at first glance. However, with time there has been things popping-up, such as leaking shower, cracks on ceilings etc.

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Additionally, there is no mobile service inside, meaning that having a call is difficult from your own home.

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Flight noise

If there is something I would like to change in Royal Wharf, Flight Noise Level is no. 1, no. 2 is wind tunnel in most of the places (windy most of the time).

The flight noise is very noticeable, doesn’t matter where you are, in flat, in townhouse, on the street, near the river, you can hear the plane noise very often. It’s extra annoying during the day, every 5~10mins you have a big flight flying above you. If your house/flat is quiet, even when the windows are closed, you can still hear them, but not too bad. In an empty flat/house, if you have all windows open, the flight noise is loud and strong enough that you can even feel the vibration. Once you have furniture in, it may be slightly better as things will absorb the vibration.

Don’t believe what others say that planes don’t take off towards the city, that’s just not true, it hasn’t been true for a long time. With the upcoming expansion of City Airport, I could only imagine things getting worst. Apparently, the expansion will also allow bigger planes to land and take off, so even louder noise.

If you have friends and family coming to visit you, try to schedule it on Sat afternoon, there are no flights on that day after 12 i think, all the other days, expect flight noise until 9~10pm.

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Flight Noise is there, but when windows are mostly closed and you are inside, with full furniture to absorb some of the noise, it’s liveable, and not too bad. When you are outside or with windows open, there is no escape of the flight noise.

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Positive experience living here

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I really like that is is a very safe and quiet place to live. The flats are very modern and look amazing, both in the inside and outside! You are very close to the Pontoon Dock tube station and it is very easy to get to the center of London. There is a Sainsbury and a Starbucks really close so it is very convenient. The Concierge is very helpful and will help you out with anything you need. It is very good to have a Post box Service on site too.

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I didn’t know that we were going to have poor mobile signal because it was a relatively new construction. When the facilities were going to open as we thought that the leisure centre was going to be completed on summer 2017 and it still haven’t been completed. I wish I knew before that the DLR Service does not operate at night.

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Urban riverside living at Royal Wharf in a traditional village setting

The new neighbourhood of Royal Wharf may be located in the most industrial of areas, a stone’s throw from London City Airport alongside the Thames, but it’s aiming for a more traditional kind of village feel, seen in districts like Fitzrovia and Mayfair. But without the W1 postcode, of course. There are 3,385 residential units at Royal Wharf (formerly Minoco Wharf), all based around a central high street, market square, and riverside park and walkway. Developed by Ballymore and designed by David Morley Architects, the new residents can expect 500 metres of south-facing river views, namely the Thames Barrier and the O2. And the more iconic London skyline at a squint.

Facilities are adequate, with a well-equipped clubhouse leisure centre with swimming pool, state-of the-art exercise equipment and a personal training assessment hub (this was the architectural firm behind sporting projects like the Olympic Park and Lords Cricket Ground, after all). There’s also a plaza with shops, and a few bars and restaurants. For more in the way of nightlife, Canary Wharf is just a short journey away. Green space comes in the form of the tree-lined Thames Barrier Park and families will value the outstanding primary school in the area.

When it comes to the housing at Royal Wharf, reasonably low-rise apartment buildings and terraced mansion blocks house contemporary living spaces that avoid many of the new development interior cliches. Whitewashed walls, mid-century modern touches, and a clean and fresh aesthetic are a welcome departure from the usual tired suspects. New Georgian revival meets urban riverside living. And those Thames views will never go amiss, even if it’s on the industrial rather than scenic side.

The arrival of Crossrail will be a major boost to this previously neglected area of the capital. Custom House will connect to Canary Wharf within minutes, and it will be less than half an hour to Bond Street. Most importantly for City workers, Liverpool Street and Farringdon will also be within easy reach. Meanwhile, the proximity to London City Airport is a double-edged sword whilst ideal for frequent flyers, the plane noise at 15 minute intervals will surely grate. The never-ending construction work in the area may seem like a pain in the short term, but long-term, the investment in the Silvertown region will pay dividends.

Although undoubtedly expensive for the area, the unveiling of the new Elizabeth tube line will connect this development to the rest of the capital, making it a practical option for young families and City workers alike. London City Island or Royal Victoria Docks are also worth considering within reach but not in the heart of Canary Wharf.

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