Woolwich Brookhill estate demolition set to start spring/summer 2024

Work to demolish an estate in Woolwich is set to start in the new year.

Brookhill estate was formerly Ministry of Defence housing and built with a short shelf life using concrete now nearing end of life.

Brookhill estate outlined in red. Sites outlined in blue approved but work has not commenced.

A total of 80 homes on site will be demolished with 254 built by housing association Hyde.

Demolition work is expected to begin in spring/summer 2024 with construction then starting in shortly after. The site is being built in two stages.

Another estate rebuild directly north

Brookhill sits directly south of another former estate directly south which was demolished and rebuilt as part of the “One Woolwich” program which saw a large reduction in council housing.

The new estate rebuild will initially see little impact on the severe shortage of homes in Greenwich borough where homeless household totals more than doubled in four years to all new highs recently, with the first stage seeing residents now moved out being moved back in.

Rapid increase in homelessness in Greenwich borough. Numbers now at 1,800

The subsequent stage will start to see a real increase to alleviate housing pressures, though who knows how big the homeless totals will be by then.

Still, work has moved relatively quickly with plans only approved in February 2023. Compare that to some sites in Woolwich that have gained approval with little then happening for years.

 

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