First look at Woolwich town centre Macbean Street housing plans
These are the first pics emerging of plans for 650 homes in Woolwich town centre on the former site of Woolwich Polytechnic school facing Macbean Street and Beresford Street.
The plot has been vacant for nearby a decade since the Victorian school buildings were demolished.
The images do not reveal the height of the tallest tower, which planning documents covered on this site show will be 22 floors. Woolwich seems to have a cap imposed of 22-floors, with towers now rising on the former Waterfront car park being the same height.
April’s application was seeking feedback on: “a mixed use development within 5 blocks ranging in height from 2 to 22 storeys comprising up to 650 residential units”.
A small internal square is seen opposite Premier Inn, as is a link to Powis Street via Murray’s Yard.
There’s little space allocated to retail or commercial usage. Despite issues hampering the High Street this may seem surprising given the sheer number of people moving into the area.
Brick is the predominant material with a fair few examples of red brick in evidence. A pronounced grid is seen on taller elements.
As more plots are developed across Woolwich those area that aren’t protected look likely to alter in coming years. Despite a recent refurb, how long will the Lidl store remain as it currently is? It’s another site that looks a likely candidate for development with homes above a replacement store.
Plans have been approved for a block of flats on the site of the former Catholic Club over the road:
Developer Legal and General state they wish to see completion by 2022. However, similar plans in Lewisham on Loampit Vale have not progressed for a number of years on the site of Sports Direct and Matalan.
It appears most if not all of the only buildings on site would be demolished – with one seen below. It’s currently in poor condition but would it be an asset if refurbished and integrated with the scheme?
A full application for the Woolwich site is expected soon when we can gain further information on affordable housing numbers, transport plans and how much income Greenwich Council will receive.
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