Woolwich’s Waterfront leisure centre will see its current car park shortly close to make way for new towers from Berkeley Homes. The current parking spaces will be dispersed to three other areas.
The car park was sold to Berkeley Homes in December 2007 for £16 million. Since then Berkeley have slowly drawn up plans for the site which includes a number of towers, covered here, and work is expected to begin in coming months.
210 spaces are provided at the existing car park. The 2007 land sale included an agreement for 140 spaces to be provided elsewhere. Berkeley have decided to provide 220 for a limited period. The sites are:
- Adjacent to the Heritage Centre – 67 estimated spaces.
- Rear of Beresford Street Premier Inn hotel – 74 estimated spaces.
- Above the Crossrail station – 79 spaces.
The first 30 minutes of parking will be free to leisure centre users to make up for walking time.
Parking spaces for leisure centre users will only be needed for a limited number of years as Waterfront leisure centre will move to the site of Wilko’s at General Gordon Square. It will be part of a large mixed-use development incorporating hundreds of new homes with construction planned to commence in early 2020.
The existing leisure centre site will then be sold and new housing is a very strong probability.
The council document on car parking also includes details of a new park being constructed on the Arsenal site. Berkeley Homes will manage the new park until 2030 when it becomes the responsibility of Greenwich Council. It runs in a spine from the river towards the Crossrail station.
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