A star-studded list of architect including David Chipperfield and Rem Koolhaas has been lined up to work on London’s £3.5 billion Silvertown Quays regeneration
Herzog & de Meuron, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) , Adjaye Associates and Mecanoo are the other new recruits invited onto the 25 hectare project’s design panel.
Masterplanned by Fletcher Priest Architects and West8, the high-profile Docklands regeneration was rubber stamped by London mayor Boris Johnson in December.
Architects already working on the 3,000-home scheme include AHMM, Allies and Morrison, PLP, Stanton Williams, Eric Parry Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
First Base’s new head of design Daniel May commented: ‘Silvertown has established a design panel which comprises of masterplanners Fletcher Priest and West8 – as well as world renowned architects including RSHP, AHMM, OMA and Herzog & de Meuron, Adjaye Associates, Chipperfield and Mecanoo.
‘Together the Silvertown Panel will design iconic new buildings (commercial and residential) and public spaces as well as bring back into use two existing buildings (Millennium Mills and Silo D) that will create a new piece of city in the Royal Docks.’
Backed by Silvertown Partnership – a consortium of Chelsfield Properties, First Base and Macquarie Capital – the project will transform one of the last major undeveloped sites in the Royal Docks.
It will create shops, offices, restaurants, up to 3,000 homes, a hotel, plus leisure, cultural and community facilities. ‘World-leading brands’ will showcase their products in the pavilions, a mixture of permanent and temporary structures.
The plans also propose a new landmark bridge connecting Silvertown Quays with the new Crossrail station at Custom House, and the restoration of the huge dockside Millennium Mills building and the grade II-listed Modernist 1920 Silo D building.
The scheme overcame objections by shopping centre operator Westfield, which owns a facility in nearby Stratford, and was granted planning permission by local authority Newham Council one year ago.
The original plans proposed an affordable housing level of just 20 per cent but Newham planners secured an agreement that up to 35 per cent will be provided, if transport infrastructure funding is sourced from elsewhere, or if sales values rise.
May was appointed head of design at First Base last month after working as a design executive at the developer for two years.
The architect of 12 years’ experience previously worked at Shanly Group, Assael Architecture, Heritage Design & Build and Persimmon Homes.
In an exclusive interview with The AJ, he revealed First Base is also working with small practices such as Gort Scott, Studio RHE and Design Haus Liberty on research projects.