The fast evolving skyline of London is set to change again with a 3-tower complex featuring a glass galleria that comes with an 80-ft winter garden atrium – designed by the Spanish born "starchitect" Santiago Calatrava.
This investment in key infrastructure in the capital is a vote of confidence post-Brexit and shows that London is open to business, trade and attracting the greatest talent from around the world– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Developer Knight Dragon unveiled plans on 2 February for the complex in Greenwich, known as Peninsula Place, which includes 800 apartments, of which 200 are classified as "affordable," as well as 300,000 sq ft of offices, around 80 shops, restaurants and bars, a cinema and performance venue and a 500-room hotel.
The towers will rise to 30 storeys in height, and the development will be linked to the nearby River Thames by a tubular bridge.
This will be Calatrava’s first major work in London.
In a press statement 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."
The full project team for the project, estimated to cost £1bn ($1.2bn), includes Adamson Associates as executive architect, Alinea as quantity surveyor, Meinhardt as structural engineer, WSP as traffic engineer, Aecom as MEP engineer and Reardon Smith as the hotel architect.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: "Peninsula Place will create a new buzzing, cultural destination in the capital, which I’m confident will attract visitors not only from London, but around the globe."
He added: "This investment in key infrastructure in the capital is a vote of confidence post-Brexit and shows that London is open to business, trade and attracting the greatest talent from around the world."
Peninsula Place is part of Knight Dragon’s larger Greenwich Peninsula scheme, masterplanned by Allies & Morrison, called London’s largest single regeneration project.
The £8.4bn scheme over the coming years will provide 15,720 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods.
It will home to central London’s first major film studio, a new design district, schools, offices, health services and public spaces.
Calatrava’s Peninsula Place is referred to as the gateway to the scheme.
On the Greenwich Peninsula scheme, Calatrava joins a list of other well-known architects including SOM, Marks Barfield, DSDHA, Alison Brooks and Duggan Morris.
Images via Knight Dragon