£233m loan kick starts £3.5bn regen of Royal Docks site

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Ambitious plans to regenerate the Silvertown Royal Docks site in East London will now take off after Homes England agreed to release a £233m infrastructure loan.

Planned Silvertown scheme at 61-acre Royal Docks site
Planned Silvertown scheme at 61-acre Royal Docks site

The funding will help bring to life a planned new £3.5bn neighbourhood at Silvertown on land in Newham that has been derelict for the last 40 years.

A joint venture between Lendlease and Starwood Capital is planning to build 6,000 new homes and support the creation of 1.8m sq ft of business workspace and cultural and community buildings in a new town centre for the Royal Docks.

New Silvertown pedestrian bridge designed by AKT II will snake across the Royal Docks from Custom House to Millennium Mills

The loan financing will support the delivery of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across Royal Victoria Dock, linking the site to Custom House, the restoration of the iconic Millennium Mills and the repair of the dock walls themselves, which have previously been a barrier to development of the scheme.

Millennium Mills will be the dockside focal point of the new Royal Docks town

Alongside this, new public realm will provide local people with access to the water at the Royal Docks via new bridges, wider canal walkways and jetties.

Peter Freeman, Chair of Homes England, said: “Our commitment to the Silvertown project is another example of how we can work with the private sector to bring forward large, complex sites and help to transform them into the places of the future.

“This infrastructure funding will enable The Silvertown Partnership to create new communities in the heart of East London and bring swathes of derelict brownfield land back to life.”

Silvertown development zone which is one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands.

 

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