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Thames Gateway regeneration steams ahead as Silvertown wins planning - images

The £1.5 billion regeneration of east London's Silvertown Quays, which includes an aquarium by Terry Farrell, has received planning consent.

The massive scheme in the heart of London's Docklands has been masterplanned by Toronto-based Urban Strategies International and is a key element of John Prescott's Thames Gateway project.

The waterside regeneration scheme by Silvertown Quays Limited (SQL) will include 5,000 new homes as well as office space, restaurants and bars and the Terry Farrell-designed Biota! Acquarium which is being developed by KUD International with the Zoological Society of London.

After receiving the green light from Newham Council, David Taylor, chairman of SQL, said: 'It has required a massive team effort from public and private-sector partners and we will now see our vision become a reality with work starting on site over the coming months.'

The masterplan also allows for a pedestrian bridge across the North Woolwich Road to a new Docklands Light Railway station, which is to be the subject of an architectural competition.

The scheme - which spans 24ha - is expected to take 10 years to build.

by Max Thompson

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