Introducing Bow East

Bow East is a concept to locate a single concrete plant on rail freight land to the south of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This would be an improvement on what’s there today and an enabler for other high quality developments on part of this land.

Bow is one of the few specially designated rail freight terminals in east London. It is the ideal location for efficiently importing bulk construction materials by train for the regeneration outlined in the London Plan (housing, amenities, infrastructure, etc).

The proposal is for a single concrete plant at the southern end of the land. It would feature a modern, architect-designed exterior that’s well-suited to its surroundings. It would be more modest than previous proposals, and much smarter and cleaner than activities taking place on the site today.

It would occupy less than half the land of the previous proposals and would involve importing half the amount of materials currently permitted. With each train carrying the equivalent of 75 lorry loads of aggregates, locating a concrete plant at a rail depot is the best way to keep lorry movements to an absolute minimum. The development of the site would also mean tighter operational controls on the movement and storage of bulk materials.

This is the only proposed scheme which opens up the potential for regeneration of the rest of this land, including improvements to road users and pedestrians outside the site itself.

These proposals will be subject to comprehensive impact assessments, public consultation, planning permission and associated permits. Visit us again soon for further information.

Which companies are involved?

There are three joint venture partners – Breedon, Brett and S Walsh & Sons. These companies are not responsible for current activities on the site

Network Rail is the owner of the land at Bow East.  DB Cargo is the current operator of Bow East. The three joint venture partners are working with Network Rail and DB Cargo UK to be able to propose a solution at Bow East that balances its use as a freight site for construction materials while creating something which is in keeping with its surroundings and makes land available for other uses.