More images have been released of planned towers on the Furlong Garage site in Woolwich opposite Waterfront Leisure Centre.
Developers state that the current characterful Mortgramit Square and interwar buildings present:
- Poor permeability through the site, Mortgramit Square not being inviting to be used.
Current pedestrian experience not very pleasant and unsafe. Opportunity to enhance the public realm with safer public open space.
Well yes, as it’s now surrounded by vacant buildings. With imagination and reworking some aspects, active frontages would transform the space.
In the space above, remove the car parking, the blank wall to the right and open up buildings to the left and this would be a very appealing area. New homes could be built behind refurbished current buildings.
Careful reworking can transform the area. This is nonsense from developers: “Poor quality and unattractive existing building”.
It’s very rare to find such an untouched and characterful area in London. Most towns and councils would jump at having such a space. The potential is vast.
In much of east or south London it would be coveted and transformed into a thriving area of small business and apartments.
It’s not realistic to expect the site to be preserved as it is, and not actually desirable as whilst a lot has merit, not all does. Keep what works and can be transformed and build high density housing around and behind instead of flattening everything. It’s incredibly lazy.
Developers are going big on links between Powis Street and Hare Street. That already exists. They also focus on a link to Woolwich High Street. It really wouldn’t be difficult to create a link (see pic above) whilst retaining the best of current buildings and sensitive new-builds around those.
296 new homes are planned including “affordable housing”. No word on what type of affordable housing or social homes.
The towers planned are similar to Lewisham Central, which is nominated for the Carbuncle Cup of worst UK building this year.
Why this isn’t a listed area I don’t know. Woolwich destroyed a great deal of its best buildings and public spaces from the 1960s to 1990s. Will the authority keep making the same mistakes?
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