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Crossrail gains planning consent for new homes above Woolwich station

By Hamish McDougall

Crossrail gains planning consent for new homes  above Woolwich station
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich approves plans for ‘Armourer’s Court’
  • Design of Woolwich Crossrail station is also given planning permission

Crossrail has received a green light from the Royal Borough of Greenwich to build nearly 400 new homes above the new Woolwich Crossrail station.

The major new residential development, to be known as Armourer’s Court, will consist of approximately 490,000 sq ft in five high quality buildings of varying heights set around a landscaped garden. Carefully located retail and business space will be at ground level.

The Armourer’s Court design by architects TP Bennett was reviewed by Design Council CABE and created in consultation with the local community, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London Authority and English Heritage. It draws upon the heritage of the nearby Royal Arsenal buildings, with brick, metal and glass façades.

Crossrail will market the Armourer’s Court site to potential development partners in the coming year and aims to commence construction once the station has been completed in 2018. It is part of Crossrail’s strategy to develop three million sq ft of new commercial and residential space above stations, returning funds to the Crossrail budget and regenerating urban areas all along the line.

At the same meeting, Greenwich Council also granted consent for the external appearance of the Woolwich Crossrail station. This will include a ticket hall and entrance facing west onto Dial Arch Square. The high quality, distinctive station design by Weston Williamson visually enhances the Royal Arsenal conservation area, which includes nearby listed 17th, 18th and 19th Century buildings.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s Land and Property Director said: “The successful development of this site will be another major step forward in the regeneration of Woolwich. This is part of our ongoing efforts to breathe new life into areas above and around our new stations. Crossrail is helping to boost the supply of new homes across the capital.”

The Woolwich area has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to the opening of Woolwich Arsenal DLR terminus in 2009, improvement of public areas and the impending arrival of Crossrail. Since 2008 there have been 13 planning applications within a kilometre of Woolwich Crossrail station, equating to 4,286 new homes, over 70,000 sq ft of new office space and 114,000 sq ft of new retail space.

Southeast London will benefit from some of the largest cuts in journey times when Crossrail opens in 2018. Woolwich to Bond Street will take just 21 minutes, a 15 minute saving and Woolwich to Heathrow will take 47 minutes, a 40 minute saving.

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Notes to Editors:

The consented oversite development buildings are 10, 16, 22 and 25 storeys high (approximately 30.5m, 48.5m, 66.5m, and 75.5m respectively). The density is similar to the nearby Royal Arsenal development. The architects were TP Bennett, planning advisers GVA and engineers ARUP.

Over-site developments and external appearance of stations are not covered by The Crossrail Act and are subject to the normal planning approval process.

Planning consent granted by Royal Borough of Greenwich is subject to approval by the Mayor of London and agreement of Section 106 obligations.

Work on the Woolwich station box was completed by Berkeley Homes four months ahead of schedule in February last year when it was handed over to Crossrail Limited. In July 2013, a deal was reached to fund the remaining works required to fit out the station with contributions provided by Berkeley Homes, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Transport for London.

The Crossrail development of nearly 400 new homes at Armourer’s Court above the eastern end of Woolwich Crossrail station is separate to the Berkeley Homes development above the western end of the station.

Crossrail has entered into a number of Collaboration Agreements with existing landowners to deliver its over-site developments:

  • Grosvenor (Bond Street West - 65 Davies Street)
  • Great Portland Estates (Bond Street East – 18/19 Hanover Square)
  • Derwent London (Tottenham Court Rd East – Astoria Site/Goslett Yard)
  • Cardinal Lysander Group (Farringdon West – Cardinal House)
  • Aviva Investors (Liverpool Street West – 101 Moorgate)

Crossrail intends to procure development partners at other sites where collaboration agreements are not yet in place: Tottenham Court Road (West), Lindsey Street in Farringdon (East), Fisher Street, Limmo and Woolwich.

To-date, over-site development applications have been approved for Bond Street East (Hanover Square), Bond Street West (Davies Street), Paddington, Fisher Street, 101 Moorgate and developments above Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.

About Crossrail

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 100 km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.