Europe

London’s Silvertown Quays: the new Soho?

How do you transform 62 acres of east London wasteland into a 7.7m sq ft mixed-use mecca? Emily Wright visits developer First Base on site at Silvertown Quays to find out


One day…” Elliot Lipton trails off, distracted as he sidesteps another huge tangle of weeds strewn with rubbish, chunks of masonry and an abandoned sleeping bag. Brambles successfully navigated, he starts again. “One day…this will be the new Soho.”

It would be a bold statement to make even if the managing director of developer First Base was not balanced on a patch of rocky terrain in London’s…

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