A block at Beresford Square in Woolwich has been demolished as rebuilding work continues as part of a £25 million project.
The toilet block is now no more.
Plans will see a pavilion structure built in its place.
A café and toilets are proposed on site alongside extensive landscaping.
Below we can see the pavilion design beside a bus stop. As ever with renders note the new Routemaster which has never been seen in Woolwich.
There wasn’t a great deal more to see across the rest of Beresford Square compared to a recent visit. A bit more paving has been lifted but that was about all that cold be seen.
Apologies for the photos being at night but in December options to go there in daylight to take photos are limited.
The lighting scheme installed just over a decade ago will be next to come down. In the view above fountains will be located a short distance ahead when work completes.
As seen above market stalls will line the western edge with permanent canopies. The Royal Arsenal Gate House will also be opened.
After taking photos of the site and having a little wander I took another look at images of forthcoming changes.
One thing that stood out was proposed landscaping behind the Gatehouse which will be an obvious conflict point if built as seen below.
Pedestrians will walk where the red arrows are located on the below image to take the most direct route. In future there will be much more of a pedestrian flow walking east-west along this way.
Firstly, many homes are proposed to the right in the above image at the MacBean Street site.
Second, to the left is the major Woolwich Exchange project with shops, many new homes and a cinema in the old covered market.
We know many pedestrians will take the most direct route when heading east-west along here. Trying to stop that through landscaping up to the road edge and failing to provide a direct path in such a busy area will simply see a desire line soon appear, as well as some walking into the road to avoid obstacles.
Which also brings us onto provision of a safe cycle lane past the site. TfL are currently planning such a scheme.
Landscaping beside the Gate House prevents it being on existing wide paving along Beresford Street. Extensive landscaping a few metres west beside the pavilion will do the same.
TfL have previously highlighted plans for a dedicated cycle lane past the site (see the turquoise line in above image). Why hamper the chances of provision if the square is rebuilt as seen in renders?
Of course any cycle lane could go on the existing road but that would limit the chance of a dedicated bus lane, and in future that’d be handy for a revised Greenwich Waterfront Transit scheme to aid thousands of homes planned in Charlton to the west and Plumstead/Thamesmead to the east.
So if the area is rebuilt as shown then it’s possible this area won’t work for pedestrians in the short term – nor cyclists and bus users in years to come.