663 new homes planned for Woolwich

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Plans have been revealed for a series of seven tower blocks up to 18 storeys tall in Woolwich along with a new park. Berkeley Homes has sent plans to Greenwich Council to build over 650 new homes and a park on the former Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich.

The project, called The Ropeyards, would bring 663 new homes to the site between Duke of Wellington Avenue and Beresford Street, including 306 ‘affordable’ units. Flats would include combined kitchen and living spaces as well as private balconies.

The blocks would range from nine to 18 storeys in height. The homes come as part of the Berkeley Group’s wider masterplan to deliver over 5,000 new homes in the Royal Arsenal Riverside area.

The plans would also see a new four acre park, named Maribor Park, being added to the area as a result of drawings from HTA Design. The green space would be positioned above the current tunnels for the Elizabeth line. The wider site would also have podium gardens including social areas with seating and play spaces for children.

Planning documents from Stantec, on behalf of Berkeley, said: “The Ropeyards seeks to provide a safe and welcoming home, to intertwine with the local community, thriving cultural scene and local employment. The proposal interweaves design with the history of Royal Arsenal and the new public park will locate high quality and low carbon homes within the new nature.”

Separate planning documents from PRP Architects, on behalf of Berkeley Homes, said: “The scheme focuses on a new park at the heart of the site. It creates a local destination greenspace within the development and stitches together Woolwich Town Centre, Woolwich Arsenal and the Thames.”

The site currently includes a temporary park, car park and construction site offices. They added that the project has undergone a series of consultation stages with Greenwich Council and the local community which have informed the submitted plans, such as including an additional gym for residents.

The plans said: “Modern architectural details have been crafted to celebrate the rich heritage assets of the Royal Arsenal Riverside masterplan creating identity and proportion along the park edge. The design draws inspiration from the site’s history through subtle references and proposed materials palette.”

Picture 1: A CGI of one of the new buildings for the project based on the corner of New Warren Lane and Duke of Wellington Avenue. Credit: PRP Architects / Berkeley Homes

Picture 2: A CGI of Maribur Park while looking south. Credit: PRP Architects / Berkeley Homes


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