Plans have been submitted to convert part of a new-build block beside Woolwich Town Hall into a school operated by “Sumus Education”.
The Woolwich Grand Theatre was demolished to make way for the new build after a contentious period with arguments over Woolwich losing a cultural space.
Since completion of the building, ground floor retail units have remained empty. The developers claim they could find no takers for the units – despite being in an area of high footfall and opposite the council’s HQ.
Now plans have been submitted to convert the ground floor into D1 educational use. A new entrance will be built onto Polytechnic Street if approved.
The Design and Access statement is extremely out of date in places. It still includes photos of old low-rise housing and claims buildings top out at eight floors. Not correct as these have replaced Ogilby housing:
The plan also states it will provide:
“The installation of a partial mezzanine floor, the addition of 2 new
entrances, introduction of bollards on Wellington Street and Polytechnic Street and
removal of brick panels to provide additional windows.”
Sumus are listed on plans as the group who will operate the school. Their website is one page with almost no information – though it is presenting information as though permission has already been granted. The company is registered in Stockton on Tees with some of those behind the company having a long list of company directorships including Paradigm land.
“We purchased this site as a conversion opportunity. Within six months we’d sold it on with planning permission without even donning our steel-toe-caps.”
The Paradigm website also lists the Woolwich school project.
The application states it will provide a pre-school service from 7am and after school until 8pm alongside schooling throughout the day.
Click here to view planning documents.