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Thumbs up for giant £3.5bn Silvertown Quays scheme

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Outline proposals for a new ‘innovation quarter’ including 3,000 new homes within east London’s Royal Docks were last night given the thumbs up by Newham Council

Masterplanned by Fletcher Priest Architects, the 25ha Silvertown Quays development will include residential elements by AHMM, Allies and Morrison, PLP, Stanton Williams, Eric Parry Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and West 8.

Silvertown Partnership - a consortium comprising Chelsfield Properties, First Base and Imagination Europe - submitted a design code as part of the application, aimed at guiding forthcoming detailed planning permissions.

A report by planners which was considered by the council’s planning committee, said that the masterplan ‘would successfully build upon the heritage of the site and create a new piece of city with a wide variety and mix of uses within the heart of the Royal Docks.

‘The layout of the masterplan is based on a number of distinct neighbourhoods, creating a legible and permeable development that connects with the surrounding area and creates a number of high quality linked public spaces and public realm, within which the development would sit.’

The scheme sits on a 27.4ha site – the last major site remaining to be developed 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.

The original plans proposed an affordable housing level of just 20 per cent but 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.

The site is located within the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, which means it is subject to a planning performance agreement aimed at ensuring planning applications are dealt with to an agreed timetable.
In November, international architect and masterplanning practice Benoy was appointed by Silvertown Partnership on the development of its Architectural Brand Strategy for the huge regeneration scheme.

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