Newham Council approve 'boxpark' style artists studios for Silvertown site

On 27 July 2017, Newham Council approved the construction of a temporary artists' studios on the Silvertown site directly opposite Royal Wharf. The studios will be comprised of 191 inter-connected shipping containers and flat pack cabins stacked horizontally over three storey's, and will create 151 artists studios and creative workspace all accessed via stairwells, with supporting retail and bar/food uses at the ground level. It also includes an exhibition space, community project space and a creche. 

The entire project has been granted planning approval for a temporary period of 5 years.

V22, the company behind the new Silvertown Studios development, describes itself as "an art organisation which specialises in the collection of contemporary art, the production of exhibitions, events and educational initiatives, and the provision of artists’ studios and artisans' workshops". 

They describe the new development as "a neighbourhood of artists, artisans, makers, gallerists, curators, cultural and community organisations, social enterprises and creative entrepreneurs, with on-site making, showing and selling opportunities. In line with the Silvertown Partnership’s vision, the area will become a place to ‘make, show and share’."

The first phase of the studios, which has now received planning approval, will be located on North Woolwich Road, opposite Pontoon Dock DLR station. Two further phases are planned by V22, and will be located to the east of the first phase, close to Burt Road. The location of the studios, relative to Royal Wharf, is shown in the image below:

Royal Wharf (blue) and location of Silvertown Studios (Red)

The development is being designed by V22, Lagom, Practice Architecture, HTA Design LLP and CH Simple Design.

Full press release:

V22 is delighted to announce that a group company has received planning permission from Newham Council for Silvertown Studios, London's largest workspace for artists, makers and creators at Silvertown, Royal Docks. 
Silvertown Studios will comprise up to 200 purpose-built structures and shipping containers repurposed as workspace and studios, exhibition and community spaces, as well as maker/show space and pop-up retail for London's creative community. The new community will be set within a section of a 62-acre Silvertown site that will be delivered in the later stages of the ongoing wider Silvertown development. 
Silvertown Studios will be delivered by V22 Silvertown Studios Ltd ("V22 Silvertown Studios") in partnership with the landowners - the Greater London Authority ("GLA"), and The Silvertown Partnership ("TSP") who are responsible for delivering the wider Silvertown regeneration project. V22 Silvertown Studios is 15% owned by V22 and 36% owned by the Group's wholly owned subsidiary V22 London Ltd. The remaining 49% of V22 Silvertown Studios is owned by a private investor. 
The wider GBP3.5 billion Silvertown regeneration project will be ground-breaking in its approach to supporting entrepreneurs and growing businesses, and this approach starts with Silvertown Studios. 
Tara Cranswick Chairperson of V22 commented: "This is a hugely exciting opportunity to deliver affordable workspace in London and be part of a growing community of artists and creative businesses in the Royal Docks. We very much look forward to welcoming our friends and shareholders, artists, entrepreneurs, local residents and businesses to become part of building and enjoying Silvertown Studios." 
Olaide Oboh, Head of External Relations at The Silvertown Partnership, said: "We are excited to partner with V22 and the GLA to deliver Silvertown Studios, which will provide London's artists with a place to make, show and share. These much-needed studio and exhibition spaces at genuinely affordable rates will help to establish a creative community which can thrive and grow as we bring forward the development of Silvertown".