Decline & regeneration as Docklands was reinvented for a new century.
This gallery recounts the ups and downs of London’s upriver docks, culminating in their closure from the 1960s through to the early 1980s. Docklands then became the site of Europe’s largest regeneration project.
When it was built in 1990, One Canada Square was the tallest building in Britain. 800 feet tall, the skyscraper became a symbol of the transformation of Docklands.
The modernisation of London's docks caused massive job losses. The introduction of shipping containers and mechanisation meant there was far less need for dockworkers to unload ships.
A special red brick road was built through the Enterprise Zone on the Isle of Dogs. This aimed to give the area a feeling that change was underway and development would follow soon.