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Old September 12th, 2015, 01:01 AM   #21
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Not much happening in the Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Grove estates but I was surprised to see that another large housing estate - not mentioned in the One Woolwich plan - is undergoing large scale transformation. The Barnfield Estate is situated south of Plumstead Common Road and east of Herbert Road. Not sure when this was built (I read somewhere during the interwar period) but the buildings do have some architectural quality. Some information can be found on the Greenwich website. Good to see that regeneration does not always require demolition.


The Barnfield Estate (red roofs and mint green barrel domes) from Eglinton Hill.
The white towers along the Thames are on Erebus Drive in Thamesmead Moorings



Solid brick buildings and a street pattern with straight angles


Reminds me a little of Amsterdam School architecture from the 1920s


The elevator shafts look eighties though


Barnfield Road, looking towards Shooters Hill


Green spaces between red and yellow brick. Pity about the cheap windows


Looks like these buildings are getting new cladding


The Barnfield Project


View towards Barnfield Gardens


Nothing wrong with streets like this


Closer to Plumstead Common Road. A bit messy here


Demolition of the Connaught Estate: little progress after more than one year
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Old September 12th, 2015, 05:38 PM   #22
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The problem with council estate redevelopment, particularly of 'notorious' estates, is that yes the current buildings are frankly sub-standard turds, and they are often replaced with far superior architecture - but you can't change the people (unless privatising sections of the estate). Ultimately, people are responsible for an area being great or a ****hole, if its the same people then there is a real risk that the problems of the past will remain, albeit with a slightly prettier backdrop.
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Old September 12th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #23
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Actually proper demolition work seemed to begin on the Connaught estate last week with at least ten guys onsite. It seems they're finishing off the job of stripping out some of the buildings prior to demolition hence why several more skips and another digger appeared. There's also now adverts for demolition staff for up to six months which I believe are for the estate.
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Old October 1st, 2015, 12:37 AM   #24
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Two views from Shooters Hill of housing estates in Woolwich to be demolished. The first picture shows a collection of pretty awful buildings that dominate the centre of Woolwich. The building in the middle was the 2014 recipient of the Carbuncle Cup. The two blocks of flats on the left are in North Woolwich, across the Thames. In the foreground the Connaught Estate, where preparations are still taking place for the real demolition work. Looks like there has been a fire in one of the buildings.
The second photo shows some of the Morris Walk blocks of flats in the foreground. Quite a contrast with the construction sites in Silvertown/Pontoon Dock in the background!
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Old October 1st, 2015, 12:41 AM   #25
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When do the bulldozers start to demolish the carbuncle nominated scheme ?
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Old October 1st, 2015, 12:56 PM   #26
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it was built in 2014 :O? Ah yes I remember it now. Looks a complete disaster from that view!

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Old October 4th, 2015, 10:52 PM   #27
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When do the bulldozers start to demolish the carbuncle nominated scheme ?
From the Connaught Estate they just need to cross the road... True, the Connaught buildings with their modest proportions, brickwork and tent roofs look well-designed in comparison. The Tesco building is particularly ugly from the east. The back of the building is not so bad.



And the front looks even pretty... at night!

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Old October 20th, 2015, 09:29 AM   #28
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Demolition underway at the Connaught estate Woolwich.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 02:23 PM   #29
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Passed by the Connaught Estate this morning, down it goes:



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Old November 3rd, 2015, 06:25 PM   #30
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Down it goes indeed. The demolition of the Connaught Estate as seen from Brookhill Road, Sandy Hill Lane and Woolwich New Road. The last 3 photos were taken from the sleek elevated plaza behind the Tesco building. Quite a contrast!













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View of the demolition from the plaza behind the Tesco building and from Sandy Hill Road. Unfortunately the church is to be kept...



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Barnfield Estate

Meanwhile, renovation work continues on the Barnfield Estate:





Some buildings (nearly) finished:



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Old November 28th, 2015, 08:21 PM   #33
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Morris Walk Estate

Yesterday I took a walk in the Morris Walk Estate
I was surprised how peaceful the area is. All the buildings were still inhabited, yet it seemed very quiet. Even on a grey day like yesterday, it didn't look half as dreary as I had anticipated. Parts of it are very green.









On the other hand, there is also a lot of this:



The railway that runs through the estate is not going to disappear when they demolish the buildings. I wonder how they will solve that problem. The pedestrian bridge and tunnel do not help to improve the overall picture.





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Gosh them photos. That place looks so depressing, I'd hate to of lived there.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 11:14 PM   #35
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You can get across the railway by going through the park just West of the estate - the train goes under the park in a tunnel.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 02:27 PM   #36
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Connaught Estate demolition

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What demoralising looking buildings. Enough for any resident to have a mental breakdown.
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Old December 27th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #38
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Connaught Estate demolition

Most of the northern part of the estate is now gone:

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Development is now coming along nicely with some piling about to start
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Amazing view from up there!
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