Greenwich Old Joinery demolition plan submitted

Demolition plans for the Old Joinery in Greenwich have been submitted.

The move is a precursor to construction of a student tower on site opposite Waitrose near the junction of Creek Road and Norman Road.

Student tower approved in Greenwich

In recent years the site has been used as a pub, market and recently marketed as an event space and filming location.

The future student tower will see 414 student rooms built by developer Tribe.

Formerly approved residential tower

That followed previous plans for a residential tower on site.

Revised tower plans top out at 27 floors in height.

To be demolished

Commercial space is planned beside the creek at the Old Joinery’s replacement structure.

The Design Council has criticised certain elements of its design. In response, the developer stated they would alter plans so that “the frontage along Norman Road will have active frontages with welcoming, legible entrances on the building corners for easy wayfinding”.

Other Greenwich developments

Work has also recently started on a site further south along Norman Road which features 145 homes.

Between that site and the student block sits a creekside path which was constructed by never opened to the public as intended.

If it does and joins with publicly-accessible space either side that will create quite a substantial new path.

Creekside path at Saxon Wharf further sout

Tribe are also behind plans for another student development a short distance away just over the creek, with 700 rooms planned there.

The number of developments should have provided a revenue boom for Greenwich given a location near DLR and rail stations as well as a World Heritage site. Unfortunately Greenwich Council have squandered that potential for many years – and will continue doing so for years to come.

Demolition plans for the Old Joinery can be seen here. Work is expected to begin in June 2024 and complete in August 2024.


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2 thoughts on “Greenwich Old Joinery demolition plan submitted

  • With so many students studying and living in London including at the University of Greenwich amongst others. I think the student blocks provide much needed accommodation for students and will be popular as well located to local amenities.
    Most blocks also consists of communal space where studens can meet up and relax.

  • Does the area really need more student accommodation? Student accommodation is exempt From Council tax so Greenwich Council will receive zero revenue from all these properties which is hardly going to help pay for upgrades to the local area which it badly needs.


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