New homes complete at former Woolwich care home

Work on new homes at Sunbury Street in Woolwich is nearing completion on the former site of a care home.

I first covered plans for the site way back in December 2015, when proposals for 48 homes first emerged.

Located beside play area

It took until 2019 for demolition work to commence – covered here – before construction begun which is now all but complete.

Almost complete

Shared ownership equates to a 3-bed flat costing £525,000.


Yellow brick remains from the previous care home:

Previously on site

Exterior brickwork on the new build is covered in efflorescence, which if you don’t know is that staining effect often seen at new builds.

The cause is water mixing with masonry causing salt build up on the surface.

There are various ways to remove it, though some developers do not always do so.

The site has good public transport links being just a five minute walk to Woolwich Dockyard station – though sadly Thameslink do not stop there. Originally they said it was as it couldn’t take 12-carriage trains, then decided only 8-carriage trains would run on the line.

New towers nearby

They still do not stop. With more homes coming in the area – including Mast Quay towers and Morris Walk estate rebuild pressure will probably grow to stop, though I expect Thameslink want to retain timetable padding.




As a private renter with a young family, the cost of living is extremely high.

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Murky Depths

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

3 thoughts on “New homes complete at former Woolwich care home

  • June 5, 2021 at 11:47 am

    With shared ownership equating to a 3-bed flat costing £525,000 these new homes remain out of reach for most local people trying to get on the houisng ladder for the first time.

    Rather than selling the land where sheltered housing blocks and care homes for the elderly once stood to private developers. It would have been better for the Council to redevelop the sites themsleves in to much needed council homes. with some of the homes adapted for elderly and disabled residents.

  • June 5, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    The council like the mayor of London don’t want to build homes for people to live in, they just want to blame the government, to cover up their failure to protect the people that keep voting for them. Danny Thorpe an Sadiq khan in particular which I find amazing an, I wouldn’t vote labour or Tory. In fact this time round I didn’t vote at all, having lived in the borough all my life, labour have always been in power, an the voting system for mayor is a rip off having 1st an 2nd preferance it should be 1st past the post. I haven’t got a clue what the GLA does, if the mayor has all these 6 figure wages to run London into the ground, especially transport for lycra.( no I don’t mean transport)

  • June 6, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Looks if the developer was prevented from going high, no bad thing in my opinion. However, that red wash on the brickwork is horrid.

    @Steven Norris: agree wholeheartedly. Greenwich as with Lewisham is not interested in those who cannot afford to buy.


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