Housing block at former Greenwich police station nears completion

A block of flats under construction on the former site of Greenwich police station has emerged as building work reaches the finishing line.

Within the past week or two scaffolding has come down revealing the block on Royal Hill which sits opposite one of the jewels of the borough.

Developer London Square claimed the Borough Halls influenced design of the new housing block. In total 59 flats are contained within, with approval given in 2020.

In terms of income to Greenwich Council, of Section 106 income GLLaB saw £59,000.

Facing Borough Hall

Public realm improvements at Burney Street Gardens saw £20,000. Money for cycle training was just over £1,000.

Old school jeep


Greenwich’s very low rate of Community Infrastructure Levy in a prime area of real estate also ensures relatively little income for local service.

Alongside Maribor Estate block

All CIL funds will be allocated to Crossrail in Woolwich as the council fell way behind their own 2015 estimate for collecting income and have still not paid off the bill. If they had set higher rates – and met their 2015 estimate – the Crossrail tab would almost certainly have been paid off a number of years ago.

Compounding the mistake, they failed to revise CIL rates in 2018 as promised, thus developers have paid probably the very lowest rate to build on Zone 2 land in all of London – let alone at a site so close to major transport links and a World Heritage Zone.

Refurbished building on Gloucester Circus

The development isn’t solely new-build, with some existing buildings renovated – and a great job was done.

The site sits on Gloucester Circus and beside Maribor Estate – named after Greenwich’s twin town in Slovenia.

Maribor House



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3 thoughts on “Housing block at former Greenwich police station nears completion

  • Looks quite good at first glance, it does seem to blend with the hall.

  • I.like the refurbished buildings on this development and agree John a good job was done on them. This also shows not all older buildings need to be demolished and can be very well and sympathetically refurbished to standards.

  • * To modern standards using latest energy efficient windows doors etc where these need to be upgraded.


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