Plans for a new high-quality mixed-use residential scheme at 141-143 Woolwich Road in Greenwich has received planning permission.
Designed for Lawfords, the scheme redevelops a brownfield site into 58 new homes and 890 sq m of flexible commercial space. Plans have been developed in collaboration with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greenwich Society, local ward counsellors and residents, and represent a significant improvement to the urban environment of the Woolwich Road Corridor. The concept is for two apartment ‘villa’ buildings linked via arched colonnades, with a rhythm informed by the Victorian grain and the curvature of Woolwich Road. Massing responds in height to mid-rise residential buildings located to the east, and steps back from site boundaries to the north and south to protect daylight levels to adjacent homes. London stock brick and charcoal zinc cladding pay homage to the site’s historic and industrial past. 360 degrees of active frontage on the ground floor and the creation of small pocket parks along Woolwich Road transforms the appearance, usability, accessibility and safety of public realm on and around the site, including Dandridge Close for existing residents.
All new homes have been designed to meet the London Mayor’s Standards and the Government’s Nationally Described Space Standards (NDSS), most are also dual facing and cross-ventilated. Comprising a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes and four family maisonettes, the scheme is tenure blind, and offers a mix of private, affordable rent and shared ownership housing provision, All residents benefit from access to a range of health and wellbeing amenities, including a private balcony and two communal roof gardens where there is provision to grow food, enjoy communal dining facilities, for children to play, and to take in views over the city.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the design. The creation of roof gardens, pocket parks and the incorporation of green living green surfaces significantly increases biodiversity onsite and improves the streetscape. The sustainability strategy champions the use of recycled material for the building structure where possible, and responsibly sourced material when new. Air source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels provide renewable energy for operation.