Silvertown Quays Wins Planning

Our masterplan for Silvertown Quays, in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, has just been approved by Newham’s planning committee, who have unanimously resolved to grant planning permission for the transformative project.

The proposals, incorporating the work of an international team, will see a visionary new piece of city become a reality.

The 25 hectare development includes buildings that address new types and combinations of activities for the evolution of the digital age in which brands need to physically engaged and interact with the audiences they serve, including the opportunities of big data and new forms of manufacturing. As a major new destination, the project will contain approximately three million square feet (300,000sqm) of brand experience spaces, up to two million square feet (200,000sqm) of workspaces and headquarter offices, and up to 3,000 much-needed homes to help meet London’s pressing housing needs. In addition to leading the masterplan and developing prototypical building typologies, we are fully designing residential proposals in the heart of the first phase of the project, creating a new setting for the listed Silo D building that forms a powerful legacy of the site’s industrial heritage.

This is an entirely new type of development, with impacts that are simultaneously local and global. Silvertown Quays will become a new home, workplace and destination for thousands of people, and will also become the focus for the rapidly emerging evolution of the wider Royal Docks, building on regeneration already underway. As London’s centre shifts eastwards the project is both unifying and catalytic. It will link both sides of the Royal Victoria Dock via an accessible new pedestrian bridge that will connect to Crossrail and ExCel, building further on the site’s excellent connections to London City Airport and the Docklands Light Railway. The masterplan is shaped by the heritage of the site, embedding the relationship to the past in the fabric of new streets and spaces. Retained buildings form the heart of new neighbourhoods and are brought back into active economic use.

The project is being developed by The Silvertown Partnership, a consortium of Chelsfield, First Base and Macquarie Capital. The land is owned by the Greater London Authority, and forms part of the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Newham’s wider vision for London’s docklands, bringing thousands of jobs and homes back to the capital’s waterways and building on the momentum of recent development in East London.

Landscape and public realm: West 8
Site wide infrastructure & environmental testing: Arup
Conceptual masterplanner: Civic Arts
Heritage consultants: Donall Insall Associates
Planning consultant: Quod
Cost consultant: Alinea
Public transport modelling: iCube
Spatial accessibility & pedestrian movement modelling: Space Syntax