Concerns mount as proposed Peruvian Wharf development replaced with three-story freight handling facility
The site of Galliard Homes' proposed Peruvian Wharf development, located adjacent to Silvertown DLR Station, has been sold to Gazeley, who plan to construct the UK's first three-storey freight handling facility on the site.
The warehouse, to be called G Park London Docklands, will comprise over 426,000 square feet of space over three levels. The facility will utilise platforms to allow HGVs and other vehicles to access each level. Each storey will comprise 140,000 sq ft of space with 26 dock doors and 4 access doors on each level. The site will contain 350 car parking spaces and around 75,000 sq ft of ancillary office space.
This news has come as a significant concern to Royal Wharf residents as Galliard Homes' proposed Peruvian Wharf development had the potential of continuting the redevelopment of the local area, introducing more facilities and shops for local residents. Instead, the development of the huge warehouse facility will likely increase the HGV traffic on North Woolwich Road substantially, increasing noise and pollution.
A planning application for the warehouse has not been submitted, and residents of Royal Wharf and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to submit their comments and objections in due course.
Alex Verbeek, managing director, UK, Gazeley, said:
“This type of development has never been done before in the UK. A three-storey warehouse in such a central location will be hugely valuable for Londoners who will benefit from customers being able to deliver goods in record time. London is at the forefront of the digital revolution, but these services require an equally innovative supply chain to facilitate it. We feel that G Park London Docklands will make a big contribution to the infrastructure which is essential to support London’s evolution as a leading centre for digital commerce.”
Gazeley expects the development to be completed by the end of 2019, subject to planning permission.