Developer Knight Dragon could start work as early as this year

Plans for Knight Dragon’s £1bn development designed by Spanish star architect Santiago Calatrava on Greenwich Peninsula have been unveiled, as the full consultant team was named.

The Peninsula Place scheme features three towers rising to 30 storeys in height, as well as an 80ft high winter garden and 500ft long glass galleria, where visitors for the O2 arena will arrive from the tube.

It is the first project designed in London by Calatrava, who is most famous for designing the World Trade Centre transportation hub in New York. The Greenwich project also includes a land bridge linking to the Thames, a 340,000 sq ft hotel and up to 300,000 sq ft of office space.

The full project team includes Adamson Associates as executive architect, Alinea as quantity surveyor, WSP as traffic engineer, Aecom as MEP engineer and Reardon Smith as the hotel architect. Calatrava’s practice will also lead on structural engineering, with Meinhardt acting as structural engineer of record.

In addition to Peninsula Place, Allies & Morrison has designed two further buildings which is part of a wider plan to provide 800 homes, of which 200 will be affordable.

At the official unveiling this morning, Knight Dragon chief executive Richard Margree told Building the developer would aim to start work on the scheme either at the end of this year or beginning of next year. It will be a four-year build ending in 2021.

Knight Dragon’s Sammy Lee added: “My ambition is for Greenwich Peninsula to be a unique cultural destination for Londoners and visitors.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This new landmark for London and the growth of this area of London will create a new cultural district for Londoners and visitors around the globe.”

Santiago Calatrava said: “In designing this scheme, I have been inspired by London’s rich architectural heritage and the very special geography of the peninsula.”

The scheme is part of Knight Dragon’s wider £8.4bn Greenwich Peninsula development which was given the green light by former London Mayor Boris Johnson in November 2015 after it took over the whole project from joint venture partner Quintain in 2012. It will provide nearly 16,000 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods and become home to a new film studio.