Riverlow Group have owned the building since the early 1990s. It was sold by Greenwich Council in 1972.
An observation deck at the top of a clock tower is to possibly open to the public.
The modernist building built for Greenwich borough Council was described by Pevsner as “the only town hall of any London borough to represent the style of our time adequately.”
Consultation documents include some fantastic images taken from the top of the clock tower:
There is no lift which requires the use of nearly 280 steps, though building owner Riverlow state they’re looking at allowing regular public access.
Views are of course spectacular.
Up to 85 homes are planned. All appear to be build to rent.
There is no mention of “affordable” housing. Build to Rent is often expensive.
A new block of flats is currently under construction at the former Greenwich police station opposite the site on Royal Hill.
Note that the Borough Halls are not part of the Riverlow conversion plan.
The building opened in 1938 and is now Grade II listed.
Substantial changes were made internally after sale by Greenwich Council in the 1970s. The former council chamber was gutted.
These plans proposed substantial changes to the exterior with additional floors added.
Extensions are placed on most of the structure:
This will be one of the more contentious elements of the design.
The view from the west is rather different:
If approved, the quality of material used will be hugely important.
The exhibition states: “Our plans are to include c.1,000 sqm of employment space into the lower and upper ground floors of Meridian House on its Greenwich High Road frontage.”
Riverlow hope to submit a planning application in January 2022.
Click here to view and comment on the plan.
A online feedback and discussion session is to be held on Thursday 18th November 2021 from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
To book attendance email Michael.Stanworth@ KandaConsulting.co.uk
The deadline for feedback to be received is Tuesday 30th November 2021