SLA chosen to transform Silvertown Royal Docks

Silvertown Royal Docks

SLA has been chosen as Public Realm and Landscape Masterplanner for Silvertown – the £3,5 billion development project transforming the Royal Docks in East London into a new, green, and bustling mixed-use city district founded in industrial heritage.

Silvertown Royal Docks
Silvertown Royal Docks
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The Silvertown regeneration project is a joint venture between global real estate and investments group Lendlease and Starwood Capital and will provide over 6,500 new homes and support the creation of 1.8 million sq. ft of next-generation business workspace, alongside new public space for cultural and community events. All in a strong neighborhood design that will be one of London’s greenest.

Silvertown Royal Docks
Silvertown Royal Docks

“We are delighted to be working with Lendlease, Starwood Capital, the Borough of Newham, and the local Silvertown community on such an important regeneration project for London’s Royal Docks. In Silvertown, we will transform one of London’s largest brownfield sites into a new nature-rich, sustainable, and truly complete neighborhood – using the amazing industrial heritage of the site and the unique waterfront location of the neighborhood as a driver,” says Rasmus Astrup, Design Principal and Partner in SLA.

Silvertown Royal Docks

The task of SLA and the wider design team is to revive and re-imagine Silvertown as a new waterside destination to live, create, work, and play. Central to this is the planning and design of a new legible, green-blue, and attractive public realm that will reconnect the site back into the fabric of London. The public realm masterplan will also make space for thousands of new homes and jobs. With half of the new housing earmarked for affordable homes, the project also significantly bolsters London’s supply of affordable housing stock.

“By combining a strong public realm with the values of industrial heritage, affordable housing, and job creation, Silvertown has the potential to become a blueprint on how to transform our cities’ industrial brownfield sites into new and meaningful city districts. Rich in public life, cultural identity, and strong social equity,”

Rasmus Astrup

Silvertown is designed in strong collaboration with Prior + Partners, AHMM, dRMM, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Maccreanor Lavington, Gort Scott, Arup, Aecom, and Churchman Thornhill Finch.

Silvertown Royal Docks

Silvertown is the third major London public realm masterplan under development by SLA. SLA is also the Public Realm and Landscape Masterplanner for the One Euston project in Camden, as well as the Landscape and Public Realm Designer for the Earls Court Development in Kensington & Chelsea. As such, SLA is turning more than 650,000 m2 of London’s brownfields into new nature-filled and social places for people and life.

The planning and outline permission for Silvertown has just been submitted, with the first phase of the development estimated to be completed in 2032.

Silvertown Royal Docks Public Realm Masterplan

Location: London, United Kingdom
Client: Lendlease & Starwood Capital
Size: 50 acres (20 hectares)
Total project worth: £3,5 billion
Public Realm and Landscape Masterplanner: SLA
Collaborators: Prior + Partners, AHMM, dRMM, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Maccreanor Lavington, Gort Scott, Arup, Aecom, and Churchman Thornhill Finch.

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