Silvertown Surf Centre
Silvertown was a unique private sector regeneration project originally driven by the David Taylor Partnership, working with a consortium involving Kajima Urban Development (KUD), in partnership with the London Development Agency and the Bank of Scotland. The £1.5bn project would have unlocked the potential of 60 acres of brownfield land at the Royal Docks in East London for a mixed development of 5,000 homes and 70,000m2 of leisure, business and retail space in a high quality waterside setting. The essence of the strategy and masterplan was about ‘place making’ centred around 15 acres of water, major new public spaces and leisure facilities.
Venture Xtreme Consultancy was asked to come up with a concept that encouraged visitors to stay all day, whilst making use of and animating the dock water. In response to the challenge VX designed the world’s first dock surfing wave, up to 2m high and travelling 130m before breaking on London’s first all year beach. This unique project was ranked as London’s #1 most iconic project by Time Out magazine, in their 40th Anniversary edition, ahead of the London Olympics!
In addition to the surf centre, a major dock side unit was designed with a climbing wall, ice wall, indoor surf wave, children’s snow room and a scuba diving tank 25m deep. All supported by a wide variety of specialist retail units, bars and restaurants and a 100 bed sports hotel above. Sadly the project ended with the credit crunch of 2010, but there remains some hope that it will be resurrected.