A little update now looking at towers rising on the former Waterfront leisure centre car park in Woolwich which will see 764 flats.
These blocks are hard to miss from many parts of Woolwich. Concrete cores have now maxed out on the first two towers.
Blocks will max out around 20-floors in height which is similar to the tallest block recently completed on the Arsenal estate. Here’s the new blocks beside those which recently welcomed their first occupants:
This shot is taken from Maribor Park which is temporary. Other flats will be built on part of it.
This stage of the Arsenal development will eventually see six blocks:
The street scene is currently poor for pedestrians and car-centric. Dated design and street clutter abound.
Renders of the completed scheme do show improvements. Again though, no cycle lane appears evident.
Heavy traffic is now common across much of the day in this area. A bus stand located on the west-bound stretch doesn’t help the flow of buses:
This stand has been a bugbear for years. Could it not be located on Hare Street around the corner? Buses are forced to pull out into slow traffic to overtake those on layover. If we are to get people out of cars then speeding up buses is a key factor.
Alongside new towers they’ll be a new public space including greenery with water features and fountains beside the Thames:
The view down Woolwich High Street has changed enormously over the past five years. In the view below we can see these towers alongside others in the Royal Arsenal plus the Callis Yard block on the right:
The Waterfront leisure centre hangs on in there. I covered the latest with proposed plans to move it just this week. It should have closed around about now if original time-scales were met.
Over the road is Furlongs garage which also sees a plan for a tower:
Views from other parts of Woolwich:
As ever, lots of change underway in Woolwich. I’ve a few more posts in the offing looking at current progress at various sites across the town.