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Greenwich Design District takes shape

  • Recently completed towers behind site as seen from bus

  • Thames Clipper in front of Canning Town new-builds

A new attraction coming to Greenwich Peninsula in 2020 is quickly taking shape as various structure takes shape on site.

Once open, the site will provide a market, studio space, galleries and food court.

According to backers the area will accommodate 1,800 people working across the site. Film screenings, exhibitions and more are also on the cards.

Overview of site when complete

It’s an attempt to bring more life and tourists to this part of north Greenwich and entice those who may head only to the o2.

Magazine is on left – building work can be seen ahead. Pleasant public realm though surface for pedestrians isn’t great

Last year saw the Icon shopping centre open and over the summer “The Tide” walkway completed. The Magazine music and events venue opened in late September and has hosted a few events.

Recently completed towers behind site as seen from bus

Each building on site was designed by a separate architectural practice without knowledge of other designs. This blind approach should see some beguiling variations.

Render of completed scheme

Will this attempt at place-making succeed? We’ll find out in 2020.

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2 Comments

  1. Guust

    “Each building on site was designed by a separate architectural practice without knowledge of other designs.”

    If only they would take this approach more often in other locations as well! That’s one of the reasons older inner city centers are so attractive, they offer variety.

  2. CDT

    I am now looking forward to seeing the Design District development completed and opened in 2020.

    This should be an interesting development with buildings designed by separate architectural practice. The 1,800 jobs across the development will also be very much welcomed.

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