Three Mills Residential Moorings

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Three Mills Residential Moorings in 2010 Three Mills moorings.jpg
Three Mills Residential Moorings in 2010

Three Mills Residential Moorings is a community of twenty residential narrowboats moored on the Three Mills Wall River Weir near Three Mills in Mill Meads.


Historically a tidal stretch of water, the residential moorings were converted to non-tidal in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics by the construction of a weir.


Access to the mooring is by two locks; City Mill Lock to the north and the Three Mills Lock in the Prescott Channel [1]

Situated at Three Mills, in the southern section of the intricate Bow Back Rivers network of the lower River Lea tidal channels, the moorings are directly to the north of House Mill which a large tide mill Grade 1 listed building. The House Mill is Britain’s oldest standing mill and the earliest on record, dating back to the Domesday Book [2]


A joint regeneration project between Workspace Group [3] and Newham Council, the development of a residential mooring at Three Mills with onshore facilities to include a garden and service areas was granted in 1998, [4] with amendments in 2008 to reconfigure and improve [5] the moorings.

The explicit purpose of these plans was to provide affordable housing. Since its inception, Three Mills Residential Moorings has evolved into a ‘vibrant and cohesive community of working Londoners’ on which children have been born and raised.

Floating laundry facility commissioned by Vastint for Three Mills Residential Moorings Floating laundry commissioned by Vastint UK as part of the development at Sugar House Lane.jpg
Floating laundry facility commissioned by Vastint for Three Mills Residential Moorings

Originally leased from the London Development Agency by Three Mills Studios, the moorings and surrounding land were purchased in 2011 by Vastint, the developer regenerating Sugar House Island, the 26-acre site next to the moorings. Vastint went on to upgrade facilities, creating a floating laundry, and a floating coal shed and bike store, designed by ARC-ML. [6]

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  3. "Find Commercial Property For Rent: London Office Search | Workspace".
  4. "98/1436 | Construction Of Residential Moorings And On-shore Facilities. | Three Mills Lane, Three Mills Wall River London, E3 3dx".
  5. "08/00994/FUL | Reconfigure existing linear mooring arrangement into a tuning fork arrangement for 20 boats. | Three Mills Studio Three Mill Lane Stratford London E3 3DU".
  6. "Three Mill Moorings". ARC-ML. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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