A tower near Abbey Wood station has broken ground and will begin making a major statement on the skyline in coming months.
The tower on Felixstowe Road is located beside Sainsbury’s and one of two buildings to rise on site.
A commercial unit sits between the two. The main tower is a build to rent development.
A lift shaft in the smaller block is now just about visible from adjacent Felixstowe Road.
In total 245 homes are to be built across the development.
Landowners of an industrial estate next door are looking to build 600 homes.
Proximity to Abbey Wood station (it’s a two minute walk) with regular Southeastern, Thameslink and in future Elizabeth Line services is a major factor. The industrial estate has long struggled to find many tenants due to limited lorry access. There’s width restrictions in one direction and very tight turns the other beneath a flyover prohibiting HGV access. New industrial units are being built in Thamesmead which could be home to business on site though developers have mentioned some remaining on site.
Parking at the new tower has been a concern. Greenwich state there’s restrictions, though I note more vehicles are parking on paving outside Sainsbury’s. Enforcement has been poor to non-existent for years in the area with cars on pavement and blocking junctions, but not to worry as Greenwich have spent a few hundred on another wooden bollard. If at first you don’t succeed.
Back to the tower that’s now rising, and height is somewhat taller than neighbouring sites and the result of the plot being labelled an opportunity area suitable for tall buildings in previous Greenwich Council planning policy.
Lyndean redevelopment housing could see heights taper, thus the tower building will appear less out of place.
Towers in Abbey Wood are nothing new. The adjacent Abbey Wood post war estate also has a tower located beside shops on Eynsham Drive. The estate itself still appears as unloved by Greenwich Council as it ever did. Despite this new tower onFelixstowe Road and another approved new-build at Eynsham Drive bringing millions of pounds from developers to the authority, almost nothing has been allocated to improve the vast, apparently forgotten estate.
The centrepiece shopping parade is still forgotten. Neglect abounds.
Why Labour in Greenwich are content to ignore estates in the midst of incoming wealth remains a mystery.