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Lendlease submits fresh plans for £3.5bn Silvertown redevelopment

by Sion Geschwindt

Lendlease has submitted a new planning application for the Silvertown redevelopment project in the London Borough of Newham.

The £3.5bn megaproject would transform a 50-acre site in the Silvertown Quays into a “vibrant new centre for the Royal Docks” featuring around 6,500 new homes, offices, healthcare facilities, creative and green spaces, arts and leisure facilities, cafés and restaurants, and a new primary school.

The new designs illustrate how the iconic Millennium Mills building, left derelict and largely disused for around 40 years, will be fully restored and form the centrepiece of the new community.

An artist’s impression of the revamped Millennium Mills building (credit: Lendlease)

Over 5 acres of water will be central to the new neighbourhood, with canal walkways, a paddle board club and new bridges providing greater access to the water and a “closer connection with nature”.

Situated within London’s only Enterprise Zone, the London Plan identifies the site as one of the largest regeneration opportunities in the capital. The site is equivalent to 13 times the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The newly opened Custom House Elizabeth Line Station is expected to provide a convenient transport link into central London.

According to Lendlease, Silvertown will create more than 10,000 jobs, with more than 1,300 people per year involved in construction of the site.

The developers aim to make the new neighbourhood one of London’s greenest, with all homes and commercial spaces supplied with hot water and heating powered through a zero-carbon district heating system.

Finger Dock South (credit: Lendlease)

The plans were lodged by the Lendlease-led Silvertown Partnership, which is working in conjunction with the Greater London Authority (GLA), Homes England and The Guinness Partnership (TGP).

The Silvertown Partnership is seeking full planning permission for phase one of the Proposed Development, which will include 1,248 new homes, including 610 affordable homes, and 82,328 sq.m new commercial space.

Outline permission is sought for the remainder of the site.

Ed Mayes, Project director for Silvertown, Lendlease: “After months of working together with local residents and our public sector partners GLA, Homes England and the London Borough of Newham, I’m proud to present our vision for this iconic new neighbourhood.

“Silvertown is finally being reimagined as a vibrant new centre for the Royal Docks – a place where people can live and work well, better connected to the water and each other.

“This is a pivotal moment for the Silvertown development, as we reveal plans for a neighbourhood that will create thousands of much-needed new affordable homes and jobs for Newham.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the local community and our stakeholders to make this shared vision a reality.”

Catriona Simons, CEO at The Guinness Partnership, added: “This planning application is a big milestone in creating a new future for the Silvertown site. As affordable housing provider for the first phase affordable homes, Guinness is proud to be part of this ambitious and exciting vision for the Silvertown neighbourhood.”

Prior + Partners are the lead consultant for the hybrid planning application and masterplanners for the whole Silvertown site.

Architects working on various plots within the site include AHMM, dRMM, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Maccreanor Lavington, and Gort Scott with OMMX, with Arup on transport, AECOM on infrastructure and EIA and Energy Strategy, and SLA and Churchman Thornhill Finch on landscape. DP9 are the planning consultant.

Main image: Aerial shot of the Silvertown regeneration (credit: Lendlease)

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