Calatrava crowns £1bn London scheme

Nick Myall
Thursday 02 Feb 2017

Santiago Calatrava has unveiled a new 1.4m sq ft project at the heart of the transformation of Greenwich Peninsula in London

A new £1bn landmark project, designed by international architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, will take shape at the heart of Knight Dragon’s transformation of Greenwich Peninsula in London. It will be the first building in the UK to be designed by Calatrava.

This major new landmark is set to transform Greenwich Peninsula, London’s emerging cultural district. Residents and visitors to the Peninsula will arrive from the London Underground station into an 80ft high winter garden and glass galleria. The scheme will total 1.4m sq ft including a new tube and bus station, theatre, cinema and performance venue, bars, shops and a wellbeing hub. Above this will rise three towers of work spaces, apartments and hotels, all connected to the Thames by a stunning new land bridge that will emerge next to Richard Roger’s Millennium Dome.

Santiago Calatrava said: “It is an honour to be designing such a piece of the fabric of London, a city I love. In designing this scheme, I have been inspired by London’s rich architectural heritage and the very special geography of the Peninsula. It will be a project that reflects both this and the ambition of Knight Dragon for Greenwich Peninsula.”

Greenwich Peninsula is London’s largest single regeneration project. The £8.4bn transformation of the Peninsula will over the coming years provide 15,720 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods: home to central London’s first major film studio, a new design district, schools offices, health services and public spaces, all wrapped by 1.6 miles of River Thames. As the gateway to Greenwich Peninsula, Calatrava’s Peninsula Place signals the intent and ambition for this whole new district.

Peninsula Place is part of the Peninsula Central neighbourhood. Sitting next to Richard Roger’s Millennium Dome, this neighbourhood will be home to a variety of residences, including Peninsula Place by Calatrava and two buildings designed by Greenwich Peninsula’s masterplanners Allies & Morrison. Together these will provide 800 new homes, 200 of which will be affordable. These add to the hundreds of new homes that have been built to date by Knight Dragon across three new neighbourhoods, and which people are already calling home.

Santiago Calatrava is the latest architect to be commissioned by Knight Dragon. Chosen for his world-class designs and experience in delivering transport hubs, Calatrava joins a list of other architects including SOM, Marks Barfield, DSDHA, Alison Brooks and Duggan Morris who are also helping make Greenwich Peninsula a world-renowned destination. 

Sammy Lee of Knight Dragon said: “My ambition is for Greenwich Peninsula to be a unique cultural destination for Londoners and visitors to this global city. Calatrava's contribution will help ensure that the UK’s biggest regeneration project fulfils its potential to become just that”. Knight Dragon are jointly spearheading the development of Peninsula Place with their partners the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I am delighted that Santiago Calatrava has chosen London for his first major project in the UK. This shows that London remains open to investment, trade and the very best talent from around the globe. “This new landmark for London and the growth of this area of London will create a new cultural district for Londoners and visitors from around the world.“ I am also pleased to welcome Knight Dragon's continued investment in Greenwich Peninsula, providing much-needed infrastructure, shops, offices, and new genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.” 

Nick Myall

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