Building work has begun on plans for almost 800 homes at Deanston Wharf in Silvertown.
Plans were approved around two years ago, with the site located beside 3,400-home Royal Wharf which is now almost complete. Both are Ballymore developments.
The pandemic has somewhat saved the problem of transport capacity in the short term with continual delays to Crossrail meaning the Woolwich Arsenal DLR branch – which runs past this site – was in danger of running over capacity. TfL had previously asked for a delay due to concerns. The majority of homes are car-free so if people want to get around for work or leisure, it’s often a slow bus or the speedy DLR. However there are 261 car parking spaces at a ratio of one space per three flats.
Buildings will top out at 19 floors in a strip from the Thames to North Woolwich Road:
Silvertown Quays can be seen to the top right. Plans were approved for 1,000 homes in the first stage of that development in September 2019. No work has yet begun. Further east towards North Woolwich lies Pontoon Reach. This is due to complete this year and provides 295 homes.