Christchurch Way

London, Greenwich

This significant 3.1 ha. site, on the River Thames, was identified by the owner, Alcatel, as surplus to their needs for the manufacture of sub-marine telecommunication boasters. Initially we prepared a development design proposal for our client, to support his bid to be nominated as preferred partner. Dawe + Partners with Whitby Bird Engineers in co-operation with Alcatel subsequently prepared a consolidation masterplan. This gave Alcatel the confidence the retained site area would be sufficient and not compromise their manufacturing requirements. Accordingly the site was released.

The scheme comprises: almost 800 apartments, including 35% mixed social housing, retail and restaurants units, engineering Incubation Centre, workspace units, together with a small museum based around a listed building on site, to celebrate the long and varied history of the area which includes the first transatlantic cable being loaded onto the Cutty Sark from the site’s wharf. The concept of the design was to extend an adjoining street through the site, with building either side creating an urban streetscape lined with shops, restaurants etc. The river side street buildings are extended and returned in a sweeping curve to create a sense of containment for the development, with ‘fingers’ projecting towards the river to take advantage of the views. Significant public river front works are part of the scheme to make the area more accessible and enjoyable for the residents and the public

The proposals were well received by the London Borough of Greenwich, the planning officers stated. ”This is the type of scheme and quality design we want to see and promote in this area of Greenwich.”

size: 3.1 ha site area, 750 apartments with 6500m² commercail area

value: £ 120 m

status: Pre-planning, site sold

client: Petros (Greenwich) Ltd.

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