Here’s a new look at plans to build towers at Mortgramit Square in Woolwich. As feared, it appears that entire characterful backstreets will be swept away for bland boxes.
Mortgramit Square is a hidden part of Woolwich that has kept its character remarkably intact over the past 100 years whilst incorporating some modernity, such as the refurbished art deco co-op seen below.
Careful development would utilise these cobbled lanes and position commercial units and active frontages.
This plan appears to sweep them all away for blocks that are fat, lumpen, graceless and frankly a blot. I’m not anti-tower as regular readers will know, and they have a crucial role to house London’s rapidly growing population, but this design is poor and inconsiderate of the town’s rich history.
Due to its massing it completely overrides nearby listed buildings including former cinemas, not to mention the Victorian shops in the near vicinity. Something with grace could perhaps get away with being tall. This isn’t it.
Developers Artisan Real Estate, who describe themselves as “securing undervalued assets which can be transformed or enhanced further through a combination of hands-on and creative planning, intelligent development (*ahem*), pro-active asset management and repositioning”, hope to gain approval in Autumn this year.
It’ll be interesting to see what Greenwich Council’s new administration do as this appears to replicate the 1960s by sweeping away characterful areas for overbearing and bland high rises.