Artists’ quar­ter to bring life back to derelict dock­land

The Wharf - - Front Page - By Pippa Allen-Kin­ross

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

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