We’ve blogged at length about the brilliant design, print and web projects we get to work on here at Marco HQ, but it occurred to us recently that we haven’t yet blogged about our HQ itself. And because we work in such a vibrant, historic and rapidly developing area there’s plenty to blog about…
When it comes to modern, popular culture, our little bit of London is probably most well-known as the iconic stretch of the Thames that features in the EastEnders credits. But the real-life stories and history of London’s Royal Docks are far more dramatic than any soap opera.
Journalist and historian, Colin Grainger, has researched and collated some of the memories and experiences of people who lived and worked in this area over the decades. From heroic bravery and everyday miracles during the Blitz era, to the local victory of the first Ferry Festival in the 1970s that brought together a ‘forgotten community’ and captured the imagination of the capital, you can read the entire, fascinating collection here.
Something for everyone
With its watersports scene, Emirates Air Line, sculpture trail and London Excel – the world-famous exhibitions and events venue – to say that there’s always something to see in our neck of the woods is an understatement! A smorgasbord of great local bars, restaurants and hotels – such as our friends and client Good Hotel – means that there is something to suit all tastes come rain or shine. Each summer the Royal Dock’s urban beach proves more and more popular, while the Good Hotel’s roof terrace offers refreshment with a view!
The development of our waterside area is an ambitious and long-term project which will see the Royal Docks becoming London’s third business and financial district, as well as a hub for businesses from Asia. It is estimated that it will create up to 30,000 jobs and add £6billion to London’s economy. That’s potentially a lot of additional local design, print and websites for us to create so our advice is to get your projects booked in now…!
Many people have already moved into the gorgeous waterside community development Royal Albert Wharf, which brings with it additional eateries, workspaces and facilities. Proposals are underway for marine based industry and commercial boatyard.
Silvertown, the 62-acre site within the Royal Docks has been awarded development rights for a £3.5billion regeneration, creating 12000 jobs and 3000 homes, many of which will be designated as affordable. Not only is it predicted that this will further improve infrastructure, but it is also estimated that it will generate £260million for the local economy.
We would love to show you around Marco HQ’s neighborhood with its fascinating past and bright future next time you visit to discuss design, print and online campaigns. Having said that, we are also always happy to come to you if that’s more convenient.
To arrange a meeting at our Royal Docks studios, at your offices or just for an informal chat and impartial advice, call our team of proud East End creatives on 0208 590 0922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org