Housing coming to Abbey Wood telephone exchange site
Abbey Wood’s brutalist telephone exchange will be pulled down for housing once Crossrail vacate part of the site in 2019 according to Greenwich Council planning documents.
The council state the exchange (often called Thamesmead exchange despite being in Abbey Wood) is apparently surplus to requirements – though I still see BT vans in the car park so I’m not sure how accurate that is.
Anyway, here’s a screenshot:
The site is beside and behind the recently refurbished Abbey Arms pub. It wouldn’t be a great surprise if a developer were to attempt combining both sites into a single development. The pub is not listed.
I don’t want to worry people though as I doubt anything is imminent.
The council state:
“This is an area identified in the Core Strategy as potentially suitable for
tall buildings, however, the impact on low-rise traditional residential
development in the vicinity of the site must be considered. Mid-rise
development of 4-8 residential storeys would generally be appropriate.”
Other sites of interest include Lyndean Industrial Estate becoming mixed-use. The current site makes more sense as housing given proximity to Abbey Wood station.
The site has long struggled to attract businesses to all units. Some businesses could move into units in new mixed-use blocks with others potentially moving to new units being built in Thamesmead.
The document has other mentions of Abbey Wood but contains errors. It states Cross Quarter is complete. Only Stage 1 with Sainsburys in complete. Stage 2 – with hundreds of homes – has not progressed since 2015.