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'Heron Quays' was an area of dockside and warehousing separating the south and export dock of the West India Docks complex, completed in 1802 to service Britain's rapidly increasing trade with its global empire. However, by the 1970s the area was derelict.
The Heron Quays area of The Isle of Dogs was one of the first areas of the London Docklands to be redeveloped following the formation of the LDDC by an act of parliament in 1980. The western half of the site was redeveloped into 2/3 storey commercial/office units, some of which stood partly on piles into the dock.
On 27 June 1982 Brymon Captain Harry Gee landed a Dash 7 aircraft on Heron Quay to demonstrate the feasibility of the STOLport project, the forerunner to the London City Airport project. A plaque celebrating this achievement lies above the entrance to the DLR station.
The relatively low key, lower value style of the development in the early days of the LDDC have given way to high value high rise office development and has now become part of the expanded 'Canary Wharf'. The original DLR station built in near isolation was largely demolished and rebuilt to accommodate rapidly increasing passenger numbers and train lengths. Much of the dock to the North of Heron Quays has been filled in to allow for development including the construction of new Canary Wharf tube station
Also see Heron Quays West.
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