Future East London Architects use Silvertown as their Design Canvas

The Silvertown Partnership (TSP) is partnering with the School of Architecture Computing and Engineering at the University of East London (UEL), to help shape the future of Silvertown, a seven million square foot development located in London’s Royal Docks.

The unique collaboration aims to strengthen the relationship between education and practice by challenging students to be visionary, developing new ideas and concepts that are grounded and tested in the real world.

The transformation of Silvertown is already underway, offering new commercial and brand spaces, homes, parks and gardens and 1km of new water frontage. The site will be a beacon for commerce and creativity, providing businesses with unique and affordable hubs to immerse their consumers and create deeper brand engagement.

Running from October 2015 through to the end of the academic year in the summer of 2016, the partnership will see UEL architecture students involved in a live project in their local Newham community, developing their final assessment portfolio with support from industry experts and key Silvertown partners. The unique brief will challenge students to push the creative boundaries whilst also contributing towards the development’s future by collaborating with key partners.

They will also take part in a studio design unit, which will be jointly taught by Roland Karthaus, Architect, Urbanist, Researcher and programme Leader at UEL and Dinah Bornat, Researcher and co-founder of ZCD Architects.

Barry Jessup, Director at The Silvertown Partnership said:

“We’re proud to partner with the University of East London. Celebrating and fostering local talent is hugely important to us. Collaborating with young, emerging design talent to create a new part of London will push everyone involved in the project to be more creative and inventive. We’re looking forward to following the students on their creative journey throughout the year and to benefiting from their fresh ideas on what Silvertown should be in the future.”

Roland Karthaus said:

“The opportunity to work with a strategically important client and design team on a major scheme in our own neighbourhood over a whole academic year will be a unique experience for our students.  We believe this is a pioneering new model for postgraduate architectural teaching and we can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Silvertown is London’s new Creative Capital, located in the Royal Docks. The seven million sq. ft. mix used development will be transformed into a new part of the city, offering up to 20,700 new jobs, 3,000 new homes, commercial and brand spaces, leisure, culture, new parks and gardens and 1km of new water frontage.

The first phase, which aims to be finished by 2018 in time for the new Crossrail connections, will see the 450,000 sq ft Millennium Mills site brought to life with innovative, technology, media and telecoms businesses of varying scale housed in the iconic former flour mill.