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Farrell consortium clinches prize to 'revitalise' Silvertown

Terry Farrell and Partners has won a competition to design part of the 28ha Silvertown development in east London.

Farrell is part of a consortium that beat off stiff competition from other consortia imcluding the Richard Rogers Partnership, Patel Taylor Architects, Broadway Malyan and Lifschutz Davidson.

The London Development Agency (LDA) awarded the redevelopment of the Silvertown Dock site in Newham to Silvertown Quays, a consortium of developers including London and Southern, KUD International and the Igloo Regeneration Fund. The consortium used several architects to produce schemes for different sectors of the development.

Silvertown Quays chose Canadian town planner Urban Strategies for the masterplan, while Farrell will concentrate on an aquarium and one of the housing developments. The other housing sites will be shared out between Paskin Kyriakides Sands; Jestico + Whiles; Scott Brownrigg and Turner and Maccreanor Lavington.

David Taylor, chairman of London and Southern, told the AJ that the consortium had opted for a number of architects to allow a broad range of styles to be expressed across the site - the largest single regeneration area in London. The mixeduse scheme will contain commercial properties, leisure facilities and 3,000 homes.

Michael Ward, chief executive of the London Development Agency, added that he had been impressed with the level of entries but that 'the competition winner had produced a scheme that can truly revitalise this part of east London'.

Negotiations are currently ongoing between the LDA and the consortium to finalise the details for the site. These discussions are expected to last into the new year, when designs for the final development will be released.

But some of the architectural practices that lost out to the Silvertown Quays consortium expressed disappointment that their designs had not been - and will not be - aired publicly.

However, Farrell has experience on a similar project, having designed 'The Deep', the £3.5 million centrepiece to the Hull docklands regeneration project, the deepest aquarium in Europe.

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