Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava has revealed his £1 billion vision for London’s Greenwich Peninsula
The architect’s scheme – which will become his first project to be built in London – will transform the arrival hall at North Greenwich Underground station into a towering winter garden.
Visitors will emerge from the Tube into a 24m-tall glazed winter garden and a 152m-long galleria of repetitive slender columns which form an ‘avenue of trees’ supporting the glass canopy above.
Backed by developer Knight Dragon, the 130,000m2 development includes a revamped Tube and bus station, a theatre, cinema, bars, shops and a wellbeing hub, topped with three towers providing offices, apartments and hotels.
Calatrava, who recently completed a new transport hub at the World Trade Centre site in New York, is also designing a new land bridge to link the development with the River Thames.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘I am delighted that Santiago Calatrava has chosen London for his first major project in the UK. This shows that London remains open to investment, trade and the very best talent from around the globe.
‘This new landmark for London and the growth of this area of London will create a new cultural district for Londoners and visitors from around the world.’
It is an honour to be designing such a piece of the fabric of London, a city I love
Calatrava added: ‘It is an honour to be designing such a piece of the fabric of London, a city I love. In designing this scheme, I have been inspired by London’s rich architectural heritage and the very special geography of the Peninsula.’
The masterplan, which was drawn up by Allies and Morrison and granted planning permission in 2015, replaced Terry Farrell’s 2004 Greenwich Peninsula masterplan and now includes more than 15,000 homes, 19ha of public spaces, a film studio and 300,000m2 of commercial buildings.
Allies and Morrison is working on affordable housing in the area, while last year Penoyre & Prasad won a competition to expand the local school.
Other architects working on the transformation of Greenwich Peninsula include SOM, Marks Barfield, DSDHA, Alison Brooks Architects and Duggan Morris.