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Green light for Woolwich regeneration

Greenwich Council's planning commitee gave consent for the 10.8 acre (4.37 ha) site around the Love Lane area of the town centre last Thursday

29.01.2007
By Anna Hodgekiss

St James’s Investments, the council and Tesco submitted plans for the scheme in April 2006.

The 1.5m sq ft (139,353 sq m) scheme comprises 960 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, a library, Tesco as the anchor supermarket, a local council service centre, 231,400 sq ft (21,497 sq m) of civic offices and Tesco and six further shops totalling 26,000 sq ft (2,415 sq m).

The scheme is designed to improve the connection between General Gordon Square and Woolwich Common and revitalise the area’s retail offering. It is expected to create around 600 jobs.

Commenting on the result, Christopher Borkowski from St James’s Investments said: ‘This means that the people of Woolwich will now have a Town Centre that they can be proud of.



 

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Green light for Woolwich regeneration

Greenwich Council's planning commitee gave consent for the 10.8 acre (4.37 ha) site around the Love Lane area of the town centre last Thursday

29.01.2007
By Anna Hodgekiss

St James’s Investments, the council and Tesco submitted plans for the scheme in April 2006.

The 1.5m sq ft (139,353 sq m) scheme comprises 960 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, a library, Tesco as the anchor supermarket, a local council service centre, 231,400 sq ft (21,497 sq m) of civic offices and Tesco and six further shops totalling 26,000 sq ft (2,415 sq m).

The scheme is designed to improve the connection between General Gordon Square and Woolwich Common and revitalise the area’s retail offering. It is expected to create around 600 jobs.

Commenting on the result, Christopher Borkowski from St James’s Investments said: ‘This means that the people of Woolwich will now have a Town Centre that they can be proud of.



Expect a lot more of these from Tesco. The only way they'll get planning permission in London almost is to load the top of their stores with residential. If you can live with supermarkets in the first place, I think its a good way of going about it. Beats the out of town jobbies that everyone has to drive to.
 

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Tesco Town Woolwich going ahead in April for phased opening from Autumn 2012 - 2013. Don't know about the tower though, phase 2?
Is it actually called Tesco Town? I imagine it'll be the first of many. The future will be so much simpler when the answer to the question "where do you live?" is no longer Slough or Inverness or Bratislava, but Tesco Town 28, Tesco Town 573 etc...
 

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Woolwich Central prepares for its first residents
The Wharf | 13 May 2013
A development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its marketing suite and first completed sky garden last week.

Woolwich Central is due to see the buyers of its first phase move in this month.

Prices at the development start at £210,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and there are also two and three-bedroom homes available.

The residential part of the building, above a gigantic new Tesco in the town centre which opened towards the end of last year, begins on the eighth floor, making it a community in the sky.

Surrounded by the apartments are sky gardens.

Off-plan sales are already well advanced but potential buyers can now take a look for themselves before investing.

The whole structure, built by Willmott Dixon, rises to 17 storeys.

General Gordon Square - Woolwich, London by SE9, on Flickr
 

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Woolwich Tesco up for bad architecture’s Carbuncle Cup



The development containing Woolwich’s giant Tesco store has been nominated for the Carbuncle Cup, architecture’s prize for the UK’s worst new building. The whole block has been developed by Spenhill, a subsidiary of the retail giant.
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As much as I don't like random cladding etc I don't think this is that bad - they've built above a store which should be a good example and it's an interesting shaped building
 

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It's awful. That pic doesn't really capture how grim and overbearing it is on the side as only a small part is shown. It ruins the street. The Building Design site shows the entire side and its just terrible architecture. Worth a look though it's behind a paywall so sign up is needed. http://www.bdonline.co.uk/buildings...pard-robsons-woolwich-central/5069050.article

It's overbearing, mostly clad in the most drab colours imaginable and with rubbish detailing such as doors and windows.



The front facing the square is fine, and the concept is great - basement car parking, superstore above and housing above that. No problems there at all.
 

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Those yellow and green colours are awful. But I kinda like how overbearing it is, would look much better if it was done in steel, or perhaps even concrete, though - something more imposing rather than the somewhat whimsical cladding they chose. If you're going to be overbearing make a statement of it.

You can get to the bdonline article by search google for the headline and clicking the link.

None of the entries so far this year have been particularly bad - they so far are:
- St George's Tower, Vauxhall
- Woolwich Tesco
- Triton Building, Euston (the bread basket)
- Doncaster Cast by RHWL
 

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Woolwich Tesco has won the carbuncle cup - source here http://853blog.com/2014/09/03/woolwich-tesco-wins-ugly-architectures-carbuncle-cup/

Personally I think there were more deserving candidates, and I worry this might discourage supermarkets from doing above-store developments

ALSO: Maybe can we get this thread re-titled and moved to the main forum, as it's is being used to posting about projects in Woolwich
 

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Woolwich Tesco has won the carbuncle cup - source here http://853blog.com/2014/09/03/woolwich-tesco-wins-ugly-architectures-carbuncle-cup/

Personally I think there were more deserving candidates, and I worry this might discourage supermarkets from doing above-store developments

ALSO: Maybe can we get this thread re-titled and moved to the main forum, as it's is being used to posting about projects in Woolwich
It shouldn't discourage supermarkets from doing it, but instead inspire them to do it a bit better. Tesco seem to do many as cheap as possible, though they did a better job with the same concept in Welling.

Afterall, the concept is fine. It's seen everywhere on the continent and Asia, and increasingly the UK. It just needs to be done well without constant cuts and value engineering, which a company the size of Tesco, and one so profitable, should be doing. It's treatment of the street alongside is awful, and tesco cut many of the core elements planned there such as retail units and active frontages. They even scrapped a small section of green wall after initial proposals as they claimed it would be too expensive to maintain.
 

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It shouldn't discourage supermarkets from doing it, but instead inspire them to do it a bit better. Tesco seem to do many as cheap as possible, though they did a better job with the same concept in Welling.

Afterall, the concept is fine. It's seen everywhere on the continent and Asia, and increasingly the UK. It just needs to be done well without constant cuts and value engineering, which a company the size of Tesco, and one so profitable, should be doing. It's treatment of the street alongside is awful, and tesco cut many of the core elements planned there such as retail units and active frontages. They even scrapped a small section of green wall after initial proposals as they claimed it would be too expensive to maintain.
The Welling Tesco looks worse to me - uninspired design. While the Woolwich one has many faults they at least tried to do something interesting
 
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