Plans are in for a market in Woolwich located to the rear of Iceland and opposite Lidl on Macbean Street. Woolwich Unit Trust are behind the scheme. Other areas of Woolwich will see temporary public realm upgrades.
The plan is for the market to exist for five to six years. The Callis Yard development can be seen near to the site. The recently opened Premier Inn hotel is a stone’s throw away.
Carl Turner architects are behind the plan. It is based on a similar concept to Model Market in Lewisham and Street Feast locations across London.
It will consist of a number of shipping containers surrounding a central courtyard area. Upper floors will have low-cost office and working areas.
The market differs from the existing outdoor market at Beresford Square in predominately aiming for food and drink stands which will operate later in the evening.
Woolwich’s night time economy has improved in recent years but is still lacking compared to similar towns across London and other UK cities, as well as it what it offered in previous decades until the 1990s.
After five to six years the plan is to build a permanent mixed-use development on the site.
Elsewhere in Woolwich
A number of other schemes are designed to improve some of the more drab public spaces in the town. Examples given are kiosks and lighting strung across the street. Some will be along Powis Street as well as areas off it such as Barnard Close and Macbean Street.
It all seems very positive for the town. These kind of smaller-scale schemes, which are relatively cheap and easy to implement, can be transformative as seen across the country. Waiting for large scale schemes can take many years, if they happen at all. That leads to inertia and decline. These schemes rejuvenate areas.
The planning reference is 17/1986/F