One of the main attractions at Greenwich Peninsula’s Design District is set to open on 1st September.
A central court comprising food outlets is set to open some time later than planned.
Six outlets have so far been announced:
- Ehla – Eastern Mediteranean
- Sugo – Italian
- Guasa – Venezuelan
- Raastawala -Bengali cuisine such as Kati rolls
- Eat Lah – Malaysian
- Toasted – described as gourmet toasties
The Design District will see 16 buildings housing up to 1,800 artists and people in creative industries when fully complete.
Many buildings were designed by a separate architectural practices working blind in terms of context and surrounding building design.
A few weeks after the opening of areas of the Design District, an event will be held at the nearby Magazine venue beside the Thames.
Design London will be held from 22-25 September.
A site offering space for up to 1,800 people and offering leisure activities is a boon to the area, yet if you live in, say, east Greenwich, and want to walk or cycle it’s still an extremely off-putting journey.
While Greenwich Council set up companies such as DG Cities and spend money on driverless car trials that should probably be left to central Government or multi-nationals, the basics of high quality links between existing parts of Greenwich and new development on the Peninsula remains as wide as ever. They can’t apparently find time or money for that.
The site will in fact be more accessible to those living half way across London near the Jubilee Line.
The same goes for working at the o2, going to concerts or attending educational and employment space on much of the Peninsula – still – after 20 years.
Greenwich have and continue to blame TfL and wash their hands of responsibility, ignoring income from new housing via the Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106/278, New Homes Bonus and now income from CCTV enforcement which is projected at over £60 million over four years.
In publicity leaflets they claim this income covers running costs, and any leftover pays for Freedom Passes, which is true, but new income should exceed that by quite some way:
Income is ringfenced to transport projects by law. What it will be spent on is unknown. Time for some digging.
As it is, they’re apparently quite content to keep much of east Greenwich cut off from new amenities and employment on the Peninsula if people seek to access on foot or cycle.