Thames Cable Car sculpture
The plans are revealed in an application to Greenwich Council

An 18-metre high sculpture could be placed next to the Thames cable car if plans from the Greenwich Peninsula’s lead developer are approved.

Knight Dragon, which controls much of the land on the peninsula, has applied for planning permission to build the figure just to the east of the Emirates Air Line terminal.

In an accompanying letter to Greenwich Council planners, the Hong Kong company says it is part of an “series of place making initiatives” on the peninsula, which include a temporary golf course and The Tide elevated walkway.

“The current proposals represent a further example of place making on the Peninsula and in particular the improvements to the public realm through landscaping and the installation of an art sculpture within the Lower Riverside neighbourhood,” the company’s head of planning says.

Cable car sculture diagram
The sculpture will be next to the Thames cable car

Plans to accommodate the artwork include paving over some of the green space next to the cable car, while 16.5m-deep piles will be dug to hold the structure in place. Lighting will also be put in place around the sculpture.

The plans also show how the Silvertown Tunnel will pass directly under the cable car, just a few metres from the sculpture.

Last November Knight Dragon’s plans for 38-storey blocks and a new transport hub at North Greenwich station, as well as 5,813 homes, a theatre, bars, restaurants, a primary school, a healthcare facility, sports facilities and new public spaces were approved by Greenwich Council.

A “design district” next to North Greenwich station, aimed at creative businesses, is approaching completion.

No date has been given for the erection of the sculpture, but town hall planners are accepting comments from the public until 3 August (or search for reference 21/2508/F).

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