Mention Woolwich or the SE18 regeneration and most people think of Crossrail and the Royal Arsenal riverside. But look a little closer and you’ll discover that there’s plenty more cookin’ in this neck of the woods.
SPRAY STREET QUARTER – REIMAGINED
Wedged between the Woolwich Arsenal station and the Royal Arsenal development lies the Spray Street quarter. It is home to the now rundown Woolwich indoor market, low density commercial properties and empty plots. But all that is about to change following on from The Royal Borough of Greenwich‘s approval of a new vision for the area.
According to The Royal Borough of Greenwich: “With a projected development value of over £200 million, the plans for the site include new shops, a cinema, cafes and restaurants and flexible office/business premises alongside the creation of a new public space.
The proposals would also deliver around 600 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be designated affordable housing.”
Considering the area’s demographic is shifting towards young urban professionals, there will be an increased appetite for drinking and eating out opportunities (nevermind the pun), and a cinema is sorely needed after the disappointing and shortsighted closure of the Grand Theatre and its subsequent redevelopment into flats. The Spray Street Quarter’s central location close to transportation also makes it a desirable leisure destination not only for the locals but for the wider community.
Summary of The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s original redevelopment masterplan can be found here.