New details of Peruvian Wharf released - Royal Wharf's future neighbour
Construction of Peruvian Wharf, a new development by Galliard Homes situated to the east of the Royal Wharf development, is intended to commence in 2017, subject to planning approval from the the London Borough of Newham.
An updated consultation presentation prepared by Galliard Homes sheds more light on the proposed development, including new renders of the development. The proposed development is located close to West Silvertown DLR station, and extends down towards to River Thames. As it stands, Galliard Homes do not have permission to extend the development all the way to the river's edge, as the the river frontage is designated as a "Safeguarded Wharf" by the Port of London Authority.
The development is split into three key blocks:
- Block A, situated close to the West Silvertown DLR Station;
- Block B, which is situated further to the west along North Woolwich Road; and
- Block C, situated to the south of Block B, bordering the safeguarded wharf area.
Changes in response to public consulation
Following an initial public consultation earlier this year, Galliard Homes have made a number of alterations to the planned development, including:
- Creation of a public square surrounding West Silvertown DLR station. The consulation document notes that the "proposal to enhance the environment around the West Silvertown DLR Station and provide a new public square were warmly supported, with visitors describing the current arrival point as 'unwelcoming' and 'industrial'"
- The addition of a "metro-type convenience shop" as part of the new station square.
In addition, and of specific relevance to residents of Royal Wharf, significant feedback was received following the public consultation regarding capacity on the DLR. The consultation document notes:
We have been engaging with TfL and understand that they are considering a number of improvements to increase capacity, including: (a) Extending the current 2-car service to 3 cars on the Woolwich to Stratford route; (b) A reconfiguration of the seating on DLR trains to create additional space and provide 10% more capacity; and (c) An additional 10 trains and four major station upgrades at Custom House, Beckton Park, Royal Albert and Pontoon Docks.
New bus services could also be introduced to meet demand and from 2018 Crossrail will operate from Custom House next to ExCeL.
Galliard Homes describe the block as:
...located to the north-east of the site, adjacent to the West Silvertown DLR station. It formerly provided the main entrance to the Tate and Lyle sugar factory and will now play an important role in marking the development through a 20 storey building. This would front the new improved public space around the DLR station and include a variety of A1/A3 uses at ground floor, including a metro-style convenience store.
The architecture of the tallest element would draw from the context of the existing surrounding buildings and, through a complementary pallet of colours, provide a strong contextual reference to the site’s sugar refining history.
Block B is planned to include retail space along North Woolwich Road, which would potentially benefit residents of nearby Royal Wharf:
The buildings along North Woolwich Road will play an important role connecting the development to the community living at Britannia Village. Active frontages will run along the road, extending the public realm and generally presenting a safer and more welcoming environment. Commercial units will face the civic area along the DLR and residential duplexes with front gardens will help to shape a new residential quarter.
The proposed design of Block B has been inspired by the site’s railway heritage which once served the working wharfs; the typology, materiality and visual appearance of the scheme draws on the imagery of a railway sleeper.
The buildings seek to respond to the site’s immediate context and establishes a relationship with the DLR to exploit views across to Victoria Docks Excel. The height and form has been developed to create a series of distinct buildings which shape the immediate skyline and protect a landscaped courtyard which forms the communal heart.
With Galliard seeking consent to build on the remaining safeguarded wharf, it's unclear how long Block C would retain river-views:
Connecting the riverfront and opening up this currently inaccessible site will be a focal point of our proposals. Whilst the south-western part of the site presents some environmental challenges, it also provides opportunities for strong connectivity with the Thames, beautiful riverfront views and future access to a new spine road linking Peruvian Wharf.
All of the southern buildings will be set around communal courtyards offering generous amenity space within landscaped gardens.