Work set to begin on landmark Royal Docks tower

Work is set to begin on a landmark tower in the Royal Docks after it won backing from City Hall.

The 24-storey Silvertree development, in Silvertown’s Tidal Basin Road, was approved by Newham planners last month, writes MATT NICHOLLS.

It has now been given the green light by the office of London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Construction work on the �80 million project, which will contain 161 apartments, will begin in the summer and is scheduled for completion in late 2012. In addition to the one, two and three-bedroom apartments, there will also be office and retail units and a groud floor cafe.

Richard Hywel Evans, of architects Studio RHE, said: “The tower is a super cool, post-crunch design that raises the benchmark for living and eco friendly architecture in Docklands.

“Silvertree’s solar panels, use of ground source and biomass to generate heat combined with high levels of thermal insulation mean not only will it feel comfortable to live in but it will also cost residents very little to run.”

Newham Council’s planning director John East added: “We are very positive about the scheme.

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“It has the potential to set a new standard for residential design in the Royal Docks, which we welcome. When completed it will form one element of an exciting cluster of new buildings, alongside the �30m Siemens Sustainability Centre and the new cable car linking The Royals and Greenwich.”

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