Earlier this year hoarding begun to be erected around Woolwich’s Morris Walk estate for demolition and future rebuilding. These photographs were taken by Jonathon Blower around the time the process begun.
The entire estate will be flattened as part of the “One Woolwich” scheme which sees three estates knocked down and first covered on this site back in 2013.
Approval to demolish was eventually given in July 2019.
Blocks and street names were given a title relating to Denmark, as the estate utilised innovative Danish design techniques during construction. Tivoli Gardens is one such example. For those unaware, it’s a theme park in central Copenhagen.
More history of Morris Walk estate, which was ahead of its time yet featured a number of design flaws can be found at Greenwich Industrial History.
Morris Walk has been in a state of limbo for many years as progress moved slowly. Residents were moved out, or decanted to use the lingo, and then property guardians or homeless people moved into empty flats.
Despite first hearing about this scheme way back in 2007, we have no detailed images of what new buildings will emerge.
All we have to go on are outline plans and general massing.
The other estates included in “One Woolwich” are the former Connaught, which is now partially complete, and Maryone Grove, which hasn’t started.
Over the three sites 1,064 mainly council homes will be replaced by 1,500 homes with 35% designated as “affordable”,