July 25, 2021

Ecologists safeguard wildlife during Phase One of Silvertown transformation project

The transformation of the 62-acre Silvertown site in London’s Royal Docks is progressing with help from UK ecological contractor, Thomson Habitats Ltd.

With the first phase of  Silvertown due to complete by 2018, works are ongoing to deliver 3,000 new homes and 5m sq ft of commercial space including the iconic Millennium Mills that will attract, residents, businesses and visitors from the UK and abroad and create over 21,000 new jobs.

Silvertown Quays rooftop view
Silvertown Quays rooftop view

Thomson Habitats has worked alongside AECOM in the early phase of the scheme, to clear any vegetation on the site which could have had the potential to be home for nesting birds. The works were undertaken outside of the nesting bird season and during reptile and bat hibernation periods to ensure the minimum amount of disturbance to wildlife. If any birds had started nesting in the vegetation, the nests could not have been disturbed until the young had fledged.

The site is due to receive the first stages of site investigations, and the prevention of access to some areas due to nesting birds could have had major impacts on the works programme.

David Grimmond, Business Manager for Thomson Habitats, said: “This is an iconic project and one that we are excited to be involved with.  Around 4.5ha of the site is vegetated and so far we have cleared a substantial amount of this. We are very much looking forward to returning later in the year to undertake the rest of the vegetation clearance.”

Silvertown has a history that dates back to the early 1900s when the area was one of the busiest ports in the world. Millennium Mills was built in in 1905 as a flour mill but was finally closed in 1992 after years of decline.

For more information please visit: www.thomsonhabitats.com