Woolwich shop demolition proposed at Powis Street
British Land have submitted plans to demolish buildings on Powis Street in Woolwich town centre.
The rear of locally listed 12 Powis Street and entirety of single-storey 12a Powis Street would be demolished. The William Shakespeare pub was located in number 12 and is now Quicksilver filled with fruit machines. The main part of the building remains in this plan. Number 12a is a modern addition.
The Shakespeare was built in the early 1800s and I recall part of all used as a SEGA zone in the 90s?. It and known for live jazz music in the 50s. A major asset lost to the town. Even as a place to go and sink some some coins in Daytona USA after the pub closed, it offered something a bit interesting about Woolwich.
British Land have previously submitted plans for 622 homes close to the rear of the site, and perhaps in time all those new occupants could be a catalyst for its return to a pub? You never know.
Plans for new homes include a pedestrian link between Powis Street and the site via the existing Murray’s Yard.
It is possible demolition of 12a could provide another route to the proposed development. The rear of the site is currently a car park.
British Land purchased 66 shops across Woolwich during 2018. Their development would be built predominantly on vacant land that formerly housed Woolwich Poly school on MacBean Street.
View plans here.
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