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|Aquarium Set for East London|
- Fish help net huge cash boost for Silvertown Quays project
A HUGE aquarium is the tourist centrepiece planned for the UKP1.5 billion redevelopment of Silvertown Quays, the go-ahead to which was announced yesterday.
Called Biota!, the intriguingly designed aquarium (pictured) is set to become a landmark building in its own right and will house species from all over the world and encompass a conservation element.
"London deserves a world-class aquarium and we are excited and honoured to be part of the team to make this happen," said Tom Winter, of KUD, one of the developers behind the project.
Taken as a whole, the Silvertown Quays scheme represents a complete new quarter of London, filled with apartments, offices, shops, parks, a new DLR station, a community centre and a library.
Its location, close the London City Airport and other east London development schemes, not least the 2012 Olympics area, is thought to have sealed Silvertown Quays' approval by the local authority concerned, the London Borough of Newham.
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