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Cultural centre with museum, theatre and botanical garden planned as part of Silvertown’s regeneration

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 April 2018

A CGI of the proposed cultural centre. Picture: Essel Group

A CGI of the proposed cultural centre. Picture: Essel Group

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A 14-acre ‘cultural centre’ is being planned as part of the Silvertown docks regeneration scheme.

A CGI of the exterior of the cultural centre, which would include a museum, theatre, shops, botanical garden, restaurants and hotel. Picture: Essel GroupA CGI of the exterior of the cultural centre, which would include a museum, theatre, shops, botanical garden, restaurants and hotel. Picture: Essel Group

The Essel Group, a business conglomerate specialising in media, entertainment and infrastructure, has submitted a proposal to takeover the brownfield site from current developers, the Silvertown Partnership.

Their plans would involve a cultural centre with a museum, theatre, shops, restaurants, a botanical garden and hotel.

The Essel Group’s Parul Goel said: “Our design team have been in detailed discussions with The Silvertown Partnership for many months, all of which has been hugely productive and our proposal has the full support and trust of The Silvertown Partnership.

“With Brexit looming, this kind of investment into the UK represents a massive coup for the Greater London Authority and the London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The cultural centre will be like no other in the world, and we aim to put this part of London back on the map.”

A CGI of the exterior of the cultural centre, which would include a museum, theatre, shops, botanical garden, restaurants and hotel. Picture: Essel GroupA CGI of the exterior of the cultural centre, which would include a museum, theatre, shops, botanical garden, restaurants and hotel. Picture: Essel Group

The Silvertown development covers the former industrial area between London City Airport and Canary Wharf. The £3.5 billion scheme will see 3,000 homes built, and the Essel Group’s project is expected to create 5,000 jobs.

If plans were approved, the centre should be open by 2023. A decision is due to be made by the end of April.


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