New Woolwich leisure centre construction work underway

Construction work is now underway on a new leisure centre in Woolwich town centre.

Piling is underway on site – or at least in the area near General Gordon Square.

Construction work underway

A small window in site hoardings allows a peek through at work underway.

Catching a glimpse

The development is also set to include almost 500 homes to the rear, though work there doesn’t appear as advanced.

New homes

Over the past year for former Viscount House – which housed Gateway, Safeway, Wilkinson’s and Blockbuster to name just a few – was demolished to make way for the centre.

A total of 27 council homes are also being demolished alongside garages, as well as shops and a pub along Vincent Road.

Out of 482 future homes just 51 are social housing, which means a net gain of 24 or around five per cent of the total.

Bull pub frontage only existing part of screetscape to remain

A target opening is set for 2025 when the existing Waterfront will close and the site redeveloped.

Viscount House is no more

One idea long mooted is to ensure a future development reopens the view from Hare Street to the Thames as long existed.

River no longer visible

It was formerly where the Woolwich ferry operated from on the southern bank of the Thames.

The below view will look substantially different in coming years as both the leisure centre rises and work begins on new homes in front of Tesco.

Site facing General Gordon Square

Woolwich Central’s next phase includes this block:

It’s part of 712 homes in a number of blocks approved last September.

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