With Crossrail originally supposed to be opening in December (before the delay) Woolwich’s Royal Arsenal would be expected to be a hot-bed of activity. And on a walk around the site, it certainly is seeing much change.
In terms of the station, on the external side at least, the station showed progress. Golden panels on the main entrance exterior are now in place, and the surface level boxes to the east are looking almost complete.
No entrance will be located at the eastern end of the station. These are ventilation boxes:
Towers will be built around and above these boxes in the Armorers Court scheme:
Could this forthcoming development be used to fund an additional station entrance to benefit Plumstead and Thamesmead residents?
This stage of Berkeley’s Arsenal development is practically complete. It’s the red brick block with a large arch:
Heading further down towards the Thames showed parts where hoardings removed and people entering buildings (not just builders despite the pic).
Hundreds of people will move in over coming months.
How it will appear:
Cranes are on site at the former Waterfront car park which is now entirely closed. The third tower of an earlier riverside stage is also topped out:
The towers coming to the former Waterfront car park site:
This block beside Riverside House is also approaching completion, though its hard to tell behind the shroud which currently surrounds it:
Public realm is still poor but hey what’s new – removing the divides from tired old parts of town to shiny new builds is never a Greenwich Council priority. Two-tier segregated space and not sharing the wealth seems to be perfectly ok:
Just down the road from all these new builds are the tired old parts of Woolwich. Any chance of a Section 215 notice on the owners to do something about this?
Forget about all the tiresome inner Labour squabbles; at a fundamental level this is not an authority that appears to have much desire to use incoming wealth to improve run-down and deprived parts of the borough to any meaningful degree – whether it be Abbey Wood, Woolwich or Greenwich.
Sure, you can find the odd scheme but nowhere near enough given the money coming in – more this year to Greenwich borough than the entire city of Birmingham receive.
General Gordon Square was looking great, the Woolwich Building wonderful yet most of the town centre is still pretty tired. Those schemes would probably have happened anyway regardless of Crossrail (General Gordon Square upgrade in 2012 was funded by TfL’s Major Places element of their LIP fund; every borough receives it for one project every two-three years).
A follow up post will look at Abbey Wood – another area that should be reveling in improvements related to Crossrail.
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