Former Greenwich Magistrates Court to become hotel

Consultation on plans to convert Greenwich Magistrates Court to a 300-room hotel have been underway over recent months. The site has lay empty since a wave of court closures occurred in 2016, including Woolwich County Court.

Greenwich Magistrates Court, which is Grade II listed, dates back over 150 years. The building with be comprehensively refurbished.

The interior space will include courtyards and lightwells.

Beside the court are two former school buildings. This corner building is likely to be demolished for a 13-storey tower:

Courtesy Google

The buildings opposite, seen on the left above, and in terrible condition. One appears to be fire damaged. It’s a very poor introduction to Greenwich.

The tower isn’t the most exciting building in the world though one intriguing feature is terracotta patterned panels with court-related motifs.

One benefit of a new-build is that it’ll be set back from the road permitting more space for pedestrians.

The consultation mentions plans for 67 car parking spaces and a coach drop off point. That seems a high number of parking spaces for a site with such frequent public transport links.

Directly opposite the former court building is a Travelodge with a Double Tree hotel behind. A bit further down Greenwich High Road is a Premier Inn, then another Travelodge and a Novotel.

With so many tourists on the doorstep it’s an ideal place for an enterprising soul to set up a business.

A full planning application is expected soon. Thanks to Ben Rutledge for the heads up on twitter.

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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