a bold new creative complex has been proposed for the London docklands , just a few leagues off the city main airport. The Greenwich Peninsula Design District will span 100m² (0.1km) and be home to 16 buildings; offering a permanent spot for London’s cultural quarter and design hub. This urban regeneration project seeks to create 15,720 homes, 12,000 jobs, and a tube station –to be designed — by Santiago Calatrava with an entire new district for London on Greenwich Peninsula.
“everyone is welcome, from companies and artists to start-ups and autonomous market traders” Richard Margree, CEO at Knight Dragon had said about the nature of the district.
As a new design district, the £8.4 billion Greenwich Peninsula development would offer an open arm to all design businesses and artists. The project is planned by British architecture firm Allies and Morrison, and would be solely developed by Knight Dragon
Greenwich Peninsula is placed just outside of central London in one of the city’s key artistic hubs. The proposed area would incorporate the Millennium Dome, the O2 arena, and the Ravensbourne arts college into a 1.6 miles of new development corridor and this would come with a 5km running track sweeping along the river Thames, with a floating performance space, and a Jetty.
“It’s a huge project and a huge responsibility” says Sammy Lee, Vice Chairman of Knight Dragon, “Something like this only happens once in a generation in London. We have big plans for the Peninsula and the team, the determination and the finance to deliver them.”
London’s thriving creative market add an estimated £42bn to city to the city’s economy annually. But, as direct competition heats up with other sectors like financial and technology, Innovation and experimentation which drive creative culture has seen a sharp decline. As artists and design firms struggle to secure affordable spaces for exhibitions and trade events.
The Greenwich Peninsula’s design district is due to open in early 2020, with nine architectural practices to take part. To be done in phrases, the urban renewal project would see eight of them design two buildings each of the 16 to be built. while landscape architects Schulze+Grassov will create the public spaces.
The Eight architectural firms include 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barrozi Veiga, SelgasCano; Assemblage, Adam Khan Architects and David Kohn Architect.