Known to many as a low-rise, innocuous area of the Docklands, close to London City Airport and the underused Emirates Air Line, Silvertown has been overshadowed by it’s noisy neighbour Canary Wharf to the west for more than a decade.
However with planning secured in autumn 2016, the area is due to change, with a £3.5bn development transforming the 25 ha former Victoria Dock into a creative capital of east London.
The project will also take advantage of the new Crossrail station being delivered at Custom House to the north of the site as well as major infrastructure plans in the shape of the new Silvertown Tunnel connecting the area with the Greenwich Peninsula.
Silvertown Tunnel_TfL proposed route
The Silvertown Partnership, which is formed of First Base, Chelsfield Properties and Macquarie Capital, has been working on its plans for a number of years along with Newham Council and submitted its plans in 2014.
Making a (fashion) statement
The approved planning app will see the docks turned into a new creative quarter, which has come with the tagline: “the next Shoreditch”.
The centrepiece of the regeneration scheme is the revival of the 1930s-era Millennium Mills, which will be restored as part of the first phase of the scheme and will provide space for SMEs.
In terms of size, the overall project will see 3,000 homes built, 35 per cent of which will be affordable homes, and 5m sq ft of commerical office space. The masterplan has split the project into a number of separate districts including a Millennium Mills district, a Silo D district, a Dock District an Ironworks District as well as eastern and western neighbourhoods.
With designs drawn up and planning secured, the Silvertown Partnership has picked Aecom to help deliver the homes in a new offsite factory.
In terms of scale, the 3,000 homes are among the largest single procurement of offsite homes in the UK and the Silvertown project will see technologies and methods scaled up to another level.
Silvertown Masterplan London Royal Docks CGI 1
First Base has experience in delivering major schemes, having taken on the proposals to deliver the Athlete’s Village for the 2012 Olympic Games and then managing the transformation of the village into a new community for the Olympic Park Development Corporation.
The Silvertown Partnership has bought in a number of consultants including Arup, Alinea and Quod to help masterplan the scheme along with architect Fletcher Priest, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and engineer AKTII, which drew up plans for the Millenium Mills.
Residential elements of the project have included work from AHMM, Allies & Morrison, Eric Parry, PLP, Stanton Williams as well as Fletcher Priest.
The first phase will deliver 860 homes and the restoration of the Millennium Mills, bringing a total of 1.5m sq ft of commercial space online.
It is expected to be delivered in 2018/19.