A block of flats containing six homes built on the site of a former pub in Greenwich is now nearly completion.
The structure replaced The Thames Inn, which was one of the last vestiges of the area’s Victorian past and offered a nice contrast to neighbouring buildings, but that wasn’t enough to save it.
The major New Capital Quay developments sits alongside, and I always liked the juxtaposition between that development and the pub when walking along Thames Street.
The Planning Inspector described the pub building as being “of a traditional London stock brick construction and there is no doubt that given its location in an area that is largely devoid of its historic built environment it is an example of one of few remaining Victorian buildings in this part of the borough and is included on historic mapping going back over a century.
It contains brick quoining, chamfered corner profiles, incised stonework and diaper strong courses along with what appear to be a full set of original windows. In architectural terms the building is reflective of a style of architecture that is not prevalent in the locality and does have some cultural and social significance as a former dock workers public house.”
In its place comes a block with some apparent “value engineering” since approval.
Gone are the bands of brick (no bad thing perhaps) and glass balconies are absent. Textured details on the exterior are gone too.
It’s not unusual for a developer to gain approval then cut back on the design to save money, and this issue is being looked into across London.
Much of the time initial plans gain much publicity and debate, then a development is approved and attention moves elsewhere, while amendments are submitted to use cheaper materials, which slips under the radar.
At street level a plain brick wall now exists:
Renders showed windows and what appeared to be green tiles here. Now gone, although it was such a clumsy implementation it’s likely no worse.
Still, compare the street level frontage to what the pub offered:
Three other former pubs have recently been lost in the area. One being the Lord Hood on Creek Road:
Another was the Old Loyal Britons on Thames Street. A block was built on site:
And there was a former pub which was operated as a book shop and gallery for many years on Creek Road:
This block now sits on the site:
Correction: the number of flats is actually six.