Woolwich heritage shopfront work underway on Powis Street

Work has begun to restore and renovate a shopfront in Woolwich town centre on Powis Street.

A corner unit at the junction with Hare Street and Barnard Avenue is seeing a new frontage as part of a scheme covering a number of locations.

Funding comes from Heritage England’s Heritage Action Zone project which is set to see a number of buildings restored across the town.

Shop unit under renovation

It should look like this upon completion.

Proposed change at shop unit

An adjacent site also shows undertaken as part of a major town centre revamp.

It’s not a particularly impressive bit of public space improvement with some pretty ugly street furniture.

Concrete planters and seating

A press shoot of the area put out by Greenwich last week focused on the murals and declined to mention concrete planters.


New street furniture has been damaged just weeks after being put in with vehicles parking on the pedestrianised area. Greenwich rather appear to enforce even in an area just hundreds of metres from where departments and officers are based.

Parking seen daily. New concrete blocks

You have to wonder how various organisation that give the authority millions to the authority to improve and invest in the area feel as they immediately let areas fall apart.

Walking along a very busy Powis Street once again other questions of these town centre works arose such as whether extensive landscaping will be maintained cropped up. It’s not like the bothered with previous schemes.

High maintenance public space planned with additional street furniture

And the old question of restricting usable pedestrian space with so much landscaping and street furniture.

Even on a chilly midweek workday Powis Street was busy as it often is.

How about extensive street future on both sides?

Hopefully I’m wrong, as it looks like it’ll be a hassle getting down the street when extra obstacles go in.

We should see building works commence at other sites in coming weeks as major town centre upgrade work along Powis Street and Beresford Square begins.



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2 thoughts on “Woolwich heritage shopfront work underway on Powis Street

  • Good to see Heritage Shop Front Works starting in Woolwich. I think these works will improve Woolwich Town Centre along with other works planned for the area.

  • They should do this everywhere and try to protect the heritage characters of town centres as much as possible.


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