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Old March 20th, 2017, 09:10 PM   #81
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This used to be called Mast Pond Wharf but now seems to go by the name King Henry'S Dock (with a capital S?). Of all the proposed schemes for Woolwich, this is the one I least wanted to see go up. I find it a vulgar building, with its cheap panelling (reminiscent of the Carbuncle-winning Tesco building in Woolwich) and a multi-storey carpark attached to its back (disguised by a green wall). Really bad architecture. Also, the way it has nestled itself on a very narrow ridge between two historic docks, basically all that is left of the once famous docks at Woolwich, is preposterous. The Dockyard is a strange area, rather unpretty and deserted, and this building is not going to improve it a bit.

Another proposal nearby on Woolwich Church Street is by the same architects...
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(source: http://www.alancamp.com/projects/mast_pond_wharf)
Pure speculation here as I have no inside knowledge, but based on looking at a lot of design & access statements, I get the picture Alan Camp are seen as an affordable architectural practice by developers. They often seem to be used by firms that specialise in securing permissions for sites then selling them on. Again that's just speculation, and there's a few other firms I put in the same category. Doesn't mean their work is always bad, in fact the Church Street one looks alright.
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Pure speculation here as I have no inside knowledge, but based on looking at a lot of design & access statements, I get the picture Alan Camp are seen as an affordable architectural practice by developers. They often seem to be used by firms that specialise in securing permissions for sites then selling them on.
That's exactly what has happened. Not only did the original developer get planning permission, they also managed to get the requirement for a certain percentage of affordable homes overthrown. It will be such an anomaly in this rather depressed neighbourhood. Greenwich Council doesn't seem to have a vision for the Dockyard area and this project comes much too early. The area is not ready for regeneration, cut off as it is from the town and the Arsenal by the nearly impenetrable ferry landing and surrounding car parks. Anyway, London is desperate for housing so the flats will sell. Whether the buyers will be happy there, I very much doubt.
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Callis Yard

The first view is from Woolwich High Street. What they're building now are the low-rise buildings around the former council stables. The 18-storey residential tower will be built last, right next to the existing Riverfront Building. Other views are from Ferry Place (west) and Creton Street (east).






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Callis Yard

Several buildings going up at this site across the A206 from the Waterfront development. The last photo shows what will be an 18-storey residential tower, rising up next to the existing Riverside House office block. The development includes a section of the renovated council stables.

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Good to see THE Borough of Greenwich going for it people forget Woolwich is the main part of Greenwich as well!
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Old July 10th, 2017, 10:49 PM   #88
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Ogilby site

No news about the Spenhill site but things are happening at the adjacent Ogilvy site, a narrow stretch of land between Love Lane and Wellington Street that is not owned by Spenhill. The low-rise 1960s apartment building and terraced houses that stood here, are now gone. This is what it looked like:

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Callis Yard & other sites

You can't be more central in Woolwich than Callis Yard. It seems appropriate that this site, between Powis Street and the High Street - and adjacent to Berkeley's Waterfront towers, should have the density that it's getting. Whether it will have the liveliness of a town centre site remains to be seen.














The construction of a block of flats at the Grand Theatre site in Wellington Street is well under way. Another development of 142 flats in this street is part of Woolwich Central.






Finally, a small residential development in Nightingale Place, at the south end of Brookhill Road, where the Lord Clyde pub was demolished last year. The site is part of a larger redevelopment at this end of the street, whereas the north end of Brookhill Road is changing unrecognisably with the taking shape of Trinity Walk.





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Woolwich construction sites

Some remote views of Woolwich from Shooter's Hill. A general view:




A close-up of central Woolwich with the Town Hall clocktower in the middle, and the Woolwich foot tunnel rotunda and the two Co-op buildings further to the left. In the foreground the Trinity Walk construction site. The 1960s tower blocks are in North Woolwich (Newham).




Some heavy-handed buildings in the central part of town: the Woolwich Central development (Tesco building) and Riverside House. Next to Riverside House: the Callis Yard construction site (white cranes). In the foreground: Trinity Walk.




Two construction sites at the Royal Arsenal. To the left: the nearly-finished Waterfront I. To the right (white netting, blue cranes): Pavilion Square.




Waterfront I & II with the Premier Inn in the foreground.

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Landing at London City Airport this morning:



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Is part of Riverside House still in use?
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It is definitely occupied, no idea by whom. Whenever I go by I see people going in. A couple more towers around it and you won't notice it anymore.
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Is part of Riverside House still in use?
Greenwich Council have announced plans to sell it -
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Greenwich Council have announced plans to sell it
I just hope whoever acquires Riverside House won't give it a second lease of life. Buildings like this deserve to be demolished. Trying to convert them into residential usually makes it worse. The Vista Building (former headquarters of Morgan Grampian publishers) photographed by James Evans above, is the perfect example.
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Plans are recommended for approval, to be decided next Tuesday:

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Wellington Street Island
Woolwich
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Planning application: Greenwich 16/2480/F


Development Facts

Site: Island Site, Wellington Street, London SE18

Developer: Powis Street Estate Limited

Architect: Sheppard Robson

Residential units: 310



Floorspace (NIA)

Total: 27,259mē

Cinema (D2): 426mē

Retail space (A1): 340mē

Office space (B1): 363mē

Dance School (D1): 1,171mē

Residential space (C3): 19,411mē

Food and beverage space (A3-A4): 925mē
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Wellington Island site vs. Spray Quarter site


Fingers crossed that this gets approval. I think it is a very good proposal. It is respectful of the town's fabric and adds much needed liveliness to this part of central Woolwich. As a reminder:











I noticed the architects, Sheppard Robson, have also designed Barts Square in the City of London, a similar project incorporating old and new buildings and designed to fit almost seamlessly into the existing fabric. Would love to see these guys have a go with the Tesco/Love Lane site, or the Wilco site.

How different is the other Woolwich scheme that in a similar way seeks to regenerate another neglected part of town (also including a cinema and cafes). The plans for Spray Street Quarter are a typical example of a design by careless people. Careless and outmoded because they have chosen to erase the entire quarter and impose their view of what the town should look like. I went to the public consultation in March and asked the architect present how many (former) public houses he thought were in the quarter. He had no clue (there are 3 or 4, depending on how one counts). Also, there is no mention of the people that currently live and work in the area. Imagine running a business and finding out that they want to wipe out everything you and your neighbours own - and you're not even mentioned in the proposals.










Buildings to be demolished in the current proposals for Spray Street Quarter:

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Plans for the Island site have been approved tonight by Greenwich Council.
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Update Callis Yard

The skyline of Woolwich is changing. Berkeley Homes' Waterfront towers are going up along the Thames. Further south, Callis Yard has recently topped out at 18 storeys. Its next door neighbour, the 1963 Riverside House, is getting competition.

First a view from London City Airport, shortly before landing yesterday afternoon. The remote view is from John Wilson Road with the former Granada Cinema in the foreground. Then some close-ups.













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