Two of six riverside towers constructed by Berkeley Homes are now all but complete on the former car park of Waterfront leisure centre.
Work is also well underway on the third, with the concrete core up to floor 17.
The two complete towers are different to the bricks boxes seen so often not only on the Arsenal site but across London.
It’s a welcome relief and something Kidbrooke’s blocks could do with, which is another Berkeley Homes development along the same guise.
The blocks aren’t without fault as I’ve mentioned before more than once. There’s no commercial space facing the river due to car parking.
This seems a really quite odd decision given it’s a lovely place for a café or bar.
There is commercial space facing Woolwich High Street, and the tower’s footprint leaves no space for a cycle lane alongside the road.
The area of tarmac seen above leading away from Woolwich High Street leads to car parking below flats.
Woolwich High Street has had a mild revamp which did little to alter the road. It’s still unfriendly to cyclists.
Cars continue to park along it narrowing effective usage to one lane. Bus stands do the same.
It could be narrowed to one lane by enforcing parking and moving bus stands to Hare Street which would permit a cycle lane.
Riverside House opposite these towers has a new application to convert into more than 200 flats.
Much of the public realm is still as it was – and not very welcoming to those on foot.
A cycle lane along Woolwich High Street would also benefit those residents in reaching either the Thames Path (where Mat Quay Phase 2 is being built) or the planned Cycle Highway 4 due to end at the ferry.
In amongst this flurry of development sits the old Waterfront. It lost its car park to Berkeley Towers which Greenwich sold to the developer.
The original timeline was for it to move by now. Instead 2025 looks possible – though shops are still trading at the site its supposed to move to.
A consultation into the leisure centre is underway and covered here.
Each tower will have a slightly different colour scheme, as seen below with the first two towers.
The next tower is due to complete in summer 2022.