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 major new transport infrastructure including the Docklands Light Railway and Crossrail which 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.

Current projects

Creative District

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.


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. The new station is expected to open in spring 2021. 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 will build 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. This was completed in December 2018.

Royal Arsenal Riverside

Royal Arsenal Riverside will deliver nearly 5,000 new homes, as well as a hotel, office and retail space.

Spray Street

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.

View the Spray Street supplementary planning documents

Woolwich Estates

The Woolwich Estates regeneration project consists of the demolition and redevelopment of the Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Road and Grove estates.

Woolwich Leisure 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.