A proposed tower on a plot beside the Woolwich ferry is finally rising and now visible above ground after 13 years of delays.
Mast Quay stage 1 was completed in the 2000s yet despite planning approval, Comer Homes never started stage 2, which is a 22-floor tower.
Firstly the financial crises hit, then the subsequent fallout hampered attempts to build. When applications were made in the 2010s, the Irish Resolution Bank was mentioned. This is an organisation that dealt with the fallout of the credit crunch.
A year ago work on site was underway to clear the area, but whether that meant the tower would start was another matter. It finally has. Click here to see photos.
Another issue resulting from such a lengthy delay was a lack of monitoring of the Thames wall. That resulted in a collapse, which I covered here.
Once the new tower completes, the low rise nature of Waterfront leisure centre will stand out yet further with tall buildings encroaching either side.
We know the leisure centre is moving and will close, which will almost certainly result in towers filling the gap.
Hopefully a new development will follow through on earlier ideas to extend Hare Street back to the river, as it once did. The original ferry crossing was located there.
That would then offer a view down from Powis Street to the Thames.
Mast Quay 2 will total 218 flats. Section 106 income to Greenwich Council is allocated thus:
Open space: £296,000
Community facilities: £122,000
Emergency services: £71,000
Public realm: £7,000
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