Crossrail effect: Abbey Wood’s 22-floor tower tops out

A picture taken at Abbey Wood station this week nicely encapsulates the transformative effects Crossrail will play in parts of London, as two new towers are seen from the recently rebuilt station lying beyond a train in advance of Elizabeth Line services.

Crossrail train sits in front of tower at Abbey Wood

These two towers are built to rent blocks aimed mainly at younger people looking to make the most of fast transport links across London.

View from concourse outside station

In total they provide 245 flats with the tallest block reaching 22 floors in height. Commercial space is located at street level.

The site sits beside Cross Quarter development comprising flats and a Sainsbury’s superstore.

An as-yet station entrance nearby sits unopened awaiting the first taps from passengers.

Awaiting first punters

This entrance is one factor that will make an extension beyond Abbey Wood towards Kent a difficult feat. The newly constructed station would need large-scale rebuilding.

Lower station entrance

I’m not sure what’s happening with the concrete blocks dumped down. £6 million was spent on expensive street upgrades around the station then over a year ago these were dumped down and have remained ever since.

Blocks are balanced somewhat precariously on slabs.

Towers viewed from station

Cladding is now being applied and most visible on the smaller of the two blocks:

Smaller block

Here’s how they’re due to look upon completion:

Shops and commercial space planned at street level

A bullet was dodged when original plans saw an extremely negative reception:

Abbey Wood plans before revision

Drab grey was the order of the day:


The smaller of the two had small square windows in a squat block:

View from Thamesmead

Beside the blocks lies Lyndean industrial estate, where 600 further homes are possible.

Lyndean on left. Site as building begun

Bexley Council also plan to build at the former car park beside the station and flyover:

Bexley Council plan near station

Head north and work is finally completing in Thamesmead, though there’s huge swathes of empty land.

Thamesmead blocks

The site on the left as seen in the above image is set to see housing:

Proposed housing block viewed from Harrow Manorway

A car wash on site closed this weekend in advance of building.

So quite a lot going on then, and an example of the huge impact transport projects have on surrounding areas.

A follow-up post will take a closer look around Thamesmead after a venture there a few days ago. I’ll also look at Abbey Wood estate, where residents of 3,000 homes have seen fewer benefits on their neglected estate from the surge in activity nearby.

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    2 thoughts on “Crossrail effect: Abbey Wood’s 22-floor tower tops out

    • I am pleased to read that the flats will be for rent. Being next to the new Crossrail Elizabeth Line Station at Abbey Wood. I am sure the new flats will be popular with young professionals who travel a lot for work and leisure.

      Flats built to rent also help people who cannot afford to get on to the housing ladder..

    • It’s great to see more housing in the area and I hope the promise of thousands of new residents will help kickstart the area and motivate some new leisure businesses to come to the area.

      Unfortunately these towers look nothing like the original plans and are shaping up to be but ugly. Gone are the smart colours and and in is drab grey cladding. The balcony rails on the shorter block are so ugly – they have clearly gone for cheapest rough flat steel rail they could find


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