The £1.5bn regeneration of East London’s Silvertown Quays, which includes a Sir Terry Farrell-designed aquarium, has received planning consent from London Borough of Newham.

The waterside regeneration scheme will turn a 60 acre site into a 494,020m² mixed-use development. “Silvertown Quays is an important development for the capital, bringing a world-class tourist attraction to an area of London that will see considerable benefits as a result,” said David Taylor, the chairman of Silvertown Quays. The development includes 5,000 new homes, 7,800m² of office space, 7,600m² of flexible workspace and 18,925m² of leisure facilities.

The centrepiece of the project will be a world-class aquarium Biota! Designed by Terry Farrell & Partners. The £80m aquarium was developed by KUD International in cooperation with the Zoological Society of London. Biota! is expected to attract one million visitors a year and be a centre for marine education and research. The aquarium will be split into four ‘biomes’ replicating habitats in the Amazon, Indo-Pacific and Atlantic as well as the British Isles, and housing plants, fish, birds and mammals. A fifth area will concentrate on conservation projects.