Galliard Homes have lodged plans with Newham Council for a scheme of 946 homes on the site of the former Peruvian Wharf in West Silvertown. The site has a long planning history, and despite having been vacant for a significant period of time is a protected wharf.
Galliard, and their architects for the scheme EPR, are proposing to keep the circa half of the site closest to the Thames as an area for a future wharf, while developing the northern portion of the site, closest to the North Woolwich Road and West Silvertown DLR station.
This would still offer a sizeable area – about one and a half times the size of West Ham’s Boleyn Ground stadium – for any future wharf. A third of the site is of interest to an aggregate wharf provider. Of course, a more likely scenario is that the land will either be removed from protection, or a wharf will be built under a deck with flats on top.
The scheme is laid out as three parcels, all of which form courtyard blocks with the first block nearest the station smaller in land area, but with the tallest element of the scheme next to the station – something that would make advocates of Transit Orientated Development happy.
The designs for the blocks are similar to many recent schemes, utilising the materiality and language of New London Vernacular style. Various shades and textures of brick are used for different elements, ranging for an almost-white courtyard block to the dark-grey tower, with many colours including beige and reds in between used as well.
Balconies mix between recessed and protruding, but all have a common language of vertical metal bars in a range of colours to contrast with the bricks behind them.
Parking is provided under the inner courtyards, protecting residential occupiers from the fumes, noise and unsightliness of the vehicles with landscaped areas that include kids play areas and benches for relaxing among the flora.