Greenwich Council’s Planning Board look set to give the green light to conversion of Greenwich’s former Town Hall into housing.
The building will extended under plans which were submitted in June 2022 and covered here. That application was a treasure trove of interior views off limit to the public including the observation deck.
It’s a gorgeous building referencing inter-war modernism especially Hilversum Town Hall in the Netherlands.
Located near Greenwich railway station, it stands visible for miles with with its distinctive clock tower.
At the top sits an observation deck which could now be made accessible if plans approved next week.
If it isn’t clear, I adore the building. A real shot of civic pride. The like of which NIMBYs would whinge about today.
Tall tall, Too different. Moan, moan, moan.
It was the Town Hall of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich from 1938 until 1965 when the borough merged with Woolwich in a major reorganisation of local government, after which Woolwich Town Hall (another wonderful building where my child was registered and parents were married) became the new Town Hall for the merged Woolwich and Greenwich boroughs.
I have many pictures of the building yet every time I pass and have a few minutes to space I’m drawn to it in order to take more photos of the wonderful detailing that abounds.
Proposals would see 73 flats on site. However it has come in for criticism from Historic England and the 20th Century Society.
By the way, the 20th Century Society had nothing to say when some of the more striking elements of Thamesmead were brought down by Peabody. That lands remains vacant years on.
They seem rather selective in what they object to and what they ignore, regardless of how innovative or distinctive a structure is.
Those objections relate to the roof extension.
Greenwich Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Pat Slattery has also objection due to low levels of “affordable” housing. It’s only 20 per cent and even then is only at 80 per cent of “market” rates.
It’s stated that a Viability Assessment claims that is all that is possible.
A decision should be made next week at the forthcoming Greenwich borough Planning Board meeting – held at this building’s successor in Woolwich.