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Londoners Would Be Happier Living Near the Office, Survey Reveals

Hating on your commute is nothing new, so it’s little surprise that there’s a growing trend for minimising commute times by moving closer to work

The appeal of the suburbs is clear – more space and, in theory, better value for money. But the rising costs of our train services, coupled with overcrowding and a fall in the quality of the service, means people are starting to re-evaluate, especially with new housing developments launching regularly in central London.

Ahead of Walk to Work Day on Friday 5 April 2019, research by the Canary Wharf Group, one of London’s leading developers, found that 67% of Londoners would be happier living nearer the workplace, and 61% would consider actually moving home.

The average Londoner’s commute lasts 74 minutes, but regular delays on public transport and congestion on the roads means that they often arrive at work stressed and/or late. According to the survey, 65% of Londoners find themselves in a worse mood following their commute, compared to the national average of 37%.

‘Research found that 67% of Londoners would be happier living nearer the workplace, and 61% would consider moving home’

In fact, 70% of respondents living in a UK town or city say they would be happier living closer to their place of work, compared to just 8% of those living in a small village.

Proximity to the workplace now ranks among the top factors when looking for a new home, with 43% of Londoners saying it’s important, alongside local amenities (48%), having a garden (44%), proximity to family & friends (40%), good local schools (36%) and things to do (31%).

Almost half of Londoners surveyed said they would walk to work if they lived closer, while 53% said they would do so if the climate were warmer, 22% would do so to get more exercise, and 32% would do so to reduce their impact on the environment.

A quarter (26%) of those living in the capital also said they would consider walking more of their journey to work if the air quality in the city were improved – a much higher concern than the UK average of 15%.

These findings come as one of the world’s largest commercial hubs, Canary Wharf, is set to welcome its first ever homes, Wood Wharf, which offers a dream commute for the district’s daily working population of over 120,000, as well as a neighbourhood of lively high streets, green spaces, boutique shopping, a GP’s surgery and a new primary school for 420 children.

‘The average commute in London lasts 74 minutes, but what would be better than almost no commute? said Brian De’ath, Director of Residential Sales at Canary Wharf Group.

‘Residents at Wood Wharf will enjoy the ultimate work-life balance, with more free time to spend with family and friends and to enjoy the best Canary Wharf has to offer, from brilliantly curated public art, some of the very best of shopping, restaurants, events and leisure facilities.’

‘Residents at Wood Wharf will enjoy the ultimate work-life balance, with more free time to spend with family and friends and to enjoy the best Canary Wharf has to offer’

Wood Wharf’s very first residential development, 10 Park Drive, is a 345-apartment building by Stanton Williams Architects. The apartments have been designed to maximise the light and views over the Docklands, with interiors masterminded by Make Architects.

The development sits adjacent to South Dock and is linked to the water by landscaped gardens and parks, making for a beautiful start to your short walk to the office if you work in Canary Wharf.

Buyers will also have access to a new Third Space Wood Wharf fitness club with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness studio, as well as a private club and sky terrace on the 13th floor.

Apartments at 10 Park Drive are available from £595,000 and the first residents are due to move in at the start of 2020. For more information, see canarywharf.com/residential



 

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