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Further revisions to Woolwich Waterfront towers emerge

Now under construction

Berkeley Homes have applied to make further revisions on towers being constructed on the former Waterfront car park in Woolwich.

Some changes to entrances and windows were covered here, and more are now revealed.




They now seek to add colour to each tower. Here’s a before and after view of the site from Beresford Street giving a good impression of the impact of these towers:

Taken this summer

Glazing is also now applied to the top level. Hopefully changes in road layout shown in these renders happens.

The colour scheme for four towers can be seen below:



Aside from simplifying the window form from initial approval, Berkeley seek to make the ragged silver cladding more pronounced thus casting deeper shadows. It’s a subtle change but one that can make a big difference on five tall towers.

Old on left, new on right

Though not reference on these plans, before and after renders show apparent alterations to the water features:

More revisions are possible on the site and I’ll keep an eye out for them.

One reservation I have with these towers are width and how lumpen they may appear upon completion. The riverside will end up with a wall of 20 floor towers with little variation in height or rooflines. All are flat with little to no tapering or peaks.

Plus, towers normally taper away from the rivers edge rising in height further inland.

Building work is now well underway despite the recent slowdown in London and Berkeley announcing they will focus on other parts of the country.



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1 Comment

  1. Paul

    As a former Greenwich planner who worked on early versions of the Woolwich Town Centre plan in the early 80’s….I totally agree with your reservations about the lack of variation in height and roof lines to these towers. The proposed minor revisions provide minimal improvement to this clumping together of bland and boring commercial towers that seem to crowd the skyline.

    This prominent riverside site – so close to the historic Arsenal lands – calls for a more creative urban design solution and innovative architectural detailing that will help to signify Woolwich as an international tourist attraction.

    Hope the developer and their architects also read your blog 🙂

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