Overview of the Woolwich area
Woolwich is a famous historic town, set on the Thames with a wealth of high quality buildings.
It benefits from good transport infrastructure including the Docklands Light Railway and the Elizabeth Line which will bring Docklands, the City and the West End within easy reach.
The redesign of General Gordon Square and Beresford Square and the new Woolwich Centre confirmed Woolwich's place as the Royal Borough's civic and cultural centre.
The Royal Arsenal site occupies 36 hectares of riverside land. The former munitions site, where up to 120,000 people oncee worked, will see over 5,000 new homes built, alongside new parks, squares, leisure & retail facilities and 450,000sqft of light industrial employment space.
Construction commenced in 2001 and will continue until 2030. Over 3,500 homes have been built to date, 23 listed buildings have been renovated, 1,300 jobs created and over 500 trees planted. A range of community facilities have been developed including a pharmacy, dentist, health centre and nursery.
A series of proposed developments on the banks of the River Thames at Woolwich will bring a set of historic buildings back into use to house cultural organisations and industries. The new creative quarter will deliver new jobs and skills in the borough, working with Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLaB) to employ local people and create apprenticeships.
Elizabeth Line (Crossrail)
A new Crossrail station is being built at the Royal Arsenal. It will provide connections to Canary Wharf, Central London and Heathrow with 12 trains per hour. Woolwich is one of only two stations south of the Thames on the route, the other being Abbey Wood.
Beresford Street crossing and junction improvement
The new Crossrail station entrance opens out on to Dial Arch Square, a green space, flanked with a series of Grade I and II listed buildings. This scheme built a bespoke wide crossing area enabling pedestrians and cyclists to safely and conveniently cross the busy A206 – bringing a stronger connection between the Royal Arsenal and Woolwich Town Centre.
The Council is building a new leisure centre in Woolwich. The new centre will replace the existing Waterfront Leisure Centre and will be situated on the current site of Viscount House, next to General Gordon Square. The Waterfront Leisure Centre will remain open until the new leisure centre is fully open.
The redevelopment of Spray Street will create a new landmark destination and gateway to Woolwich town centre. It will include over 650 new homes, restaurants, offices, shops, cafes, leisure facilities such as a cinema, and new and improved public spaces.
The Woolwich Estates regeneration project consists of the demolition and redevelopment of the Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Road and Grove estates.