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Demolition plan for another pub – this time in Woolwich

2017 plan

The Kings Arms pub is Woolwich has plans for replacement in a scheme submitted to Greenwich Council.  A previous plan to demolish the building and replacement with a new pub and 12 flats was approved in June 2015.

The current building has been allowed to decline into poor condition:

The replacement building has been revised since 2015 plans and now includes 19 flats along with a replacement pub. The architects are Bowman Riley.

The pub is located a stone’s throw from where a new block of 68 flats is planned on Artillery Place, which was covered yesterday.

The pub made headline news in 1970s when it was bombed by the IRA which killed two and injured 28. I often used to pass and see beams holding up roofs of neighbouring buildings.

It follows a long line of planning applications to demolish pubs. Last week I covered the demolition of a former pub in Greenwich town centre.

The planning reference is 17/2771/F



  1. MiceElf

    Not terribly impressed with the design but the present dereliction is a great deal worse.

  2. James

    In my opinion I am glad so many pubs are being demolished, Yes the architecture of some is nice but they are all old and won’t appeal to this generation, If people want pubs to thrive again they need to be updated for the 21st Century with modern design and comfort at mind.

    • Comment by post author


      That goes against evidence all over the UK and can be seen in many cities. In places such as Brighton, or Bristol (or many more places) many pubs are packed with people aged 20-40.

  3. ray

    Those are tourist destinations. I doubt woolwich can hold the same value with these old ass pubs.

  4. G

    Change is coming to Woolwich.

  5. CDT

    Sadly when pubs and other commercial premises close they are often left to fall in to decline and a state of disrepair. (sometimes caused by the delay in the planning process). I am looking forward to seeing the redevelopment of these sites. The Woolwich area is undergoing major regeneration with Crossrail coming in 12 months time.

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