Housing development plans in Woolwich never stop rolling in. And given the huge expanse of land suitable for housing development, that’s no bad thing at all. The newest post was going to be a write up about Berkeley Homes’ new plans for five riverside towers by the Waterfront leisure centre, but that’s been shuffled down the pecking order. Today I’ll briefly cover plans for housing on the site of the old Catholic Club. It has 68 flats, a gym at basement and street level and would be 11-storeys in height. The planning reference is 16/1975/F.
Here’s what it will replace. No great loss, architecturally.
The architects behind this planned block are Plus. It’s a decent effort – pretty understated with decent proportions, strongly defined lines and a rhythm to the facade. It’ll be located next to the forthcoming 128 room Premier Inn, which is now due to open in Spring 2017. The former developers went bust, leaving a number of containers in a half-finished structure. They’ve now gone, and Premier Inn are in line to operate the hotel, which retains the same basic form.
The current Catholic Club has been derelict for about five years. It has stood out like a sore thumb as plans moved ahead on sites all around, including over the road where this is planned: