Peruvian Wharf to bring cargo handling back to the Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 11:14 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:14 21 November 2016

Peruvian Wharf

Peruvian Wharf

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Back in the Royal Docks’ heyday, Peruvian Wharf was an important site for cargo handling.

Now, after a long battle, the Silvertown wharf is set to be brought back into use, being developed as a centre for low-carbon transport of building materials.

The wharf has been protected since 1997 under the Mayor of London’s policy to safeguard strategically placed wharves for cargo handling.

The Port of London Authority bought the site for £3million after a long battle over the wharf’s planning status, subsequently acquiring the site when the former landowner didn’t reactivate it for cargo-handling.

“We’ve fought long and hard to get Peruvian Wharf back into use,” explained chief executive Robin Mortimer.

“It’s ideally placed to service east London’s growth, underlining the importance of retaining strategically located sites for cargo handling.

“The river will play a key role in servicing the construction of at least 260,000 new homes and communities, offering 360,000 jobs.

“This will help keep tens of thousands of lorries off London’s roads every year, reducing air pollution and improving local people’s quality of life.”

The Port of London Authority will initially complete a new access road to the site, prior to letting it on a long-term lease to the Brett Group, the independent construction and building materials group. Brett will develop an integrated terminal on the site, which is expected to be operational late in 2017.

Deputy mayor for transport, Val Shawcross, said: “Over two million tonnes of cargo are moved between wharves on the Thames each year.

“This keeps more than 150,000 lorry trips off London’s roads, reducing congestion and pollution.

“We look forward to seeing Peruvian Wharf back in use and serving construction projects in east London as soon as possible.”

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