Crossrail have been uploading new aerial photos of various sites and some new additions show Woolwich station.
They’re not as revealing of the station itself as Abbey Wood station photographs which I covered yesterday – being underground and all tends to do that – but they do show development sites around the station and how they’re shaping up.
One is the glamorously named “Building 10” which is being converted by Berkeley Homes into shops and new housing. Controversially this development was not part of the site masterplan and will overshadow neighbouring blocks. Those residents had no idea this was coming.
This overview perspective somewhat diminishes the height of the slab block, it’s bulk can still be seen in relation to blocks on the left.
Alongside the block will be new shops and public space:
I looked at plans for this space back in January 2019.
To the left of the station is Building 11, or the officers’ House. This was threatened with demolition in 2014 for a taxi rank. After a campaign it has been retained and restored. I visited the site and took a look around last year.
There is of course just one entrance planned for Woolwich Crossrail station as a result of the station being a late addition. Unlike much of London, local people are footing much of the bill for fitting out the station as a condition of a station being built.
That limits the number of entrances and exits and has prevented a new entrance closer towards Plumstead and Thamesmead despite vast housebuilding plans in the area including West Thamesmead Gateway where 1,500 homes are planned.
A nearby college is also looking at building 320 homes.
New towers will also be built above the eastern end of the station.
Earlier this year the number of homes planned here was revised up from 400 to 515. Click here to read more about that.
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