India’s business conglomerate Essel Group has submitted a proposal to the Greater London Authority (GLA) to purchase a 62-acre brownfield site in east London’s Royal Docks from The Silvertown Partnership to redevelop the site as part of the regeneration of the Silvertown district in London.
The Silvertown Partnership is a consortium comprising Chelsfield Properties, First Base and Macquarie Capital.
Essel Group plans to establish a major visitor attraction and hotel and leisure complex to celebrate India’s culture and history as part of the regeneration programme.
According to the design released by the Essel Group and HPW Architects, a multi-billion-pound cultural centre will be established on 14 acres at the heart of the Silvertown project.
The 2.5 million ft² cultural landmark will include museums and a theatre, retail outlets, restaurants, botanical garden and a luxury hotel.
The Mumbai-based Essel Group said that the project could provide 5,000 jobs in the East End.
Under the £3.5bn Silvertown redevelopment, which is already underway, a former industrial area in Newham between Canary Wharf and London City airport will be transformed to create more than 3,000 homes, including affordable housing.
Millennium Mills, a 20th century former flour mill, is also included in the proposed purchase.
Essel Group intends to create an educational cultural destination that will showcase the impact and influence of ancient civilisations over 6,000 years.
Starting at the top of the centre, visitors will work their way through museums, art galleries and interactive experiences highlighting the origins of the Indus and other civilisations to the modern day.
The cultural centre will also include space for meditation, yoga, dance, as well as a spa and wedding venue, a conference centre, exhibition facilities and a global news and TV production studio.
Subject to approvals, the cultural centre is expected to open by 2023. Essel Group will work with HPW Architects, which will lead on design, and Mace, the international construction company.