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Studio RHE wins green light for 24-Storey eco-tower for east London

Studio RHE has secured planning permission for its SilverTree residential eco-tower

The plans for the apartment tower in London’s Royal Docks were submitted in March last year (see below).

The SilverTree eco-tower will be home to 161 one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as retail, office and commercial units, and a ground floor café.

As well as large roof terraces and communal gardens opening on to the dockside, the scheme features solar PV panels, ground source heatpumps and a biomass boiler.

The Silvertree brownfield site is just half a mile from the Olympic Stadium and will sit next to Wilkinson Eyre and Pringle Brandon’s £35million Siemens Expo building.

The project is due to commence construction in summer 2011 with an expected completion date of late 2012. Apartment prices are expected to start from £250,000.

Previous story (AJ 15.03.10)

Studio RHE unveils 24-Storey eco-tower for east London

[FIRST LOOK + IMAGES + PLANS] Studio RHE has submitted plans for a 24-storey eco-tower in Newham, east London

The proposed tower, dubbed SilverTree, on a brownfield site at the Royal Victoria Dock next to the Docklands Light Railway has been billed as a ‘gateway to east London and a focus for regeneration’.

Two of the tower’s curved facades will be wrapped with curved aluminium bands containing embedded photovoltaic panels, which will provide both electricity and solar shading for the building. The third ‘open’ facade will contain extensive planting on terraces to create a ‘vertical forest’.

Studio RHE’s proposed tower will also contain ground source heat pumps and a central biomass energy centre in an effort to become one of London’s most environmentally friendly towers.

Richard Hywel Evans, design architect, said: ‘We have designed a building which utilises all of the available technologies and latest green thinking to provide not only a landmark for London, but also a low energy building. The emphasis is on truly enjoyable accommodation with larger apartments all of which have stunning views of East London and the Thames, heavily planted protected terraces, balconies and convertible sun spaces’.

The Borough of Newham will make a decision on the planning application within the next three months. If the scheme gets approval the tower is intended to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Postscript (17.05.10)

Read CABE’s comments about the scheme here

‘This is an interesting project for a challenging site and we applaud the imaginative thinking which has informed the proposed design. We commend many aspects of the scheme, for example the promising environmental strategies, but we think that the building’s relationship to its neighbours needs further thought. A project of this complex nature requires more detailed information about detailing and materials, including the treatment and maintenance of the planters on the northeast elevation. ‘

Readers' comments (2)

  • just another pile of crap that contributes nothing to making an urban environment. I don't care if they say it's "green".

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  • the concept looks and sounds interesting, although I am not buying the 'vertical forest' idea. It is not a MUST to have all "green" ideas in one composition in a bid to make the building "green". Extreme contrast in facade themes might distort the unity of the composition. Perhaps the planted terraces could be toned down a notch.

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