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03 February 2014 | Housing | By: M@

1,000 Extra Homes For Silvertown Quays

1,000 Extra Homes For Silvertown Quays

The development zone, shown in red.

2,500 new homes are to be built in the Royal Docks, if a reworked masterplan for Silvertown Quays comes to fruition.

The £2.5 billion development is directly across Royal Victoria Dock from the ExCel Centre. The little-visited area is most famous for the Millennium Mills building, beloved of film crews, urban explorers and street artists.

Last year, the Mayor unveiled a masterplan to build 1,500 new homes, restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and office space in the largely derelict zone. The area will also include a street of 'brand pavilions' — an increasingly popular way for companies to show off their products in a fuzzy blend of shop, attraction and marketing suite.

Meanwhile, Millennium Mills will become an incubator space for new companies to grow. A new bridge will span the dock, linking the site to ExCel and its adjacent stations, which will include Custom House Crossrail.

The latest plans have increased the housing component by 1,000 units in a deal involving Chelsfield Properties and First Base (the 'Silvertown Partnership). Outline planning permission will be submitted later in the year. If all sails smoothly, work could begin by year's end with the first companies arriving in 2017. It's hoped the scheme will create 14,000 jobs and bring £260m a year to the local economy.

On the housing front, it's not yet known what proportion of the development would fall under the 'affordable' definition. The developers merely say (PDF) that 'a contribution of affordable homes will be available to the local community'.


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Poor people living under the City airport path... It could be such an idyllic corner of London.


Hm. I live directly across the road (in the white buildings with the tower at the end). Hope this happens, we've had so many harebrained schemes for the site from Ken Livingstone's largest newt aquarium in the world to the short-lived 'London Pleasure Gardens'. This one has big Chinese money though.

In answer to Christian, living under the flight path doesn't matter much. As required by its planning covenant, the airport shuts at 9.30pm and between lunchtime Saturday and lunchtime Sunday.


So - Crossrail station to come here later?


Hmm wonder if the developers are aware that the ground is so toxic with asbestos that recent events held on this site would not allow tent pegs to be driven into the earth without constant water sprays keeping the dust down.

Also London City Airport is close that structures taller than 17m are currently not allowed here in case of airline strike !

Is that the sound of a barrel being scraped ?


Where is the PDF sourced from please?