Artists’ quarter to bring life back to derelict dockland
A new “creative cultural container city” will bring colour and life to Silvertown Quays, currently a derelict brownfield site
The £3.5billion development of the site, next to Victoria Dock and including the iconic Millennium Mills, will take years to complete with 3,000 homes and hi tech businesses on the 62-acre space.
But, in the meantime, permission has been granted for 151 artists studios built out of 193 interconnected shipping containers and flat pack cabins. They will be built on the waterfront on land lying between the Royal Victoria Dock, Connaught Bridge and Mill Road.
The shipping containers at Silvertown Studios will be stacked over three storeys. Plans for the site include enclosed public gardens, project and exhibition spaces, shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a creche for resident artists.
Silvertown Studios is the brainchild of V22, a company that specialises in art collecting and exhibitions and the provision of art studios and workspace.
V22 said: “We envision a vibrant work community created using shipping containers and modular buildings to form workshops, commercial units and public facilities.
“The site will once again be a thriving work community. A dynamic creative public programme will complement this community and be developed with and alongside it as it grows and transforms into the wider Silvertown Quays development.”
V22 added future tenants it has dubbed “the Silvertown Makers”, will not only benefit from the affordable creative space but will receive the possibility of moving to permanent space in Silvertown Quays.
V22 currently runs seven studio buildings across London, providing affordable workspace for artists and selected creative enterprises.
It said: “We believe that the wide provision of affordable artists’ studios in London is one of the reasons this city is the world’s art capital. This not only directly benefits the creative economy, but also the growth of the city itself.”
The proposals were approved by Newham Council’s strategic development committee on Tuesday.
The three-storey proposal