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First homes completed above Crossrail station

By Andrew Dempsey

First homes completed above Crossrail station
  • First homes above a Crossrail station complete in Woolwich at Royal Arsenal Riverside
  • Over three million square feet of property planned above Crossrail sites across London

The first homes to be constructed above a new Crossrail station have been completed by Berkeley Homes in Woolwich at Royal Arsenal.

More than a thousand homes will be constructed above the new Crossrail station in Woolwich as part of two separate developments at Royal Arsenal Riverside; one by Berkeley Homes and another by Crossrail.

Berkeley Homes’ Cannon Square scheme, located over the eastern end of the station, comprises 631 apartments over five buildings. It is part of the ongoing regeneration of the former munitions factory into a mixed-use riverside development, spanning 88 acres. 90 per cent of the apartments released so far have been sold, with 121 homes now finished.

Crossrail has also received planning permission for a major residential development, to be known as Armourers Court, on the eastern end of the station. Nearly 400 homes, spanning 490,000 sq. ft., will be created in five buildings of varying heights set around a landscaped garden.

The new Crossrail station, including the 250m long platforms, lift shafts, and the floor slabs, is nearing structural completion. From early next year, the fit-out of the station will begin, including escalators, wall cladding and electrical systems, to turn the structure into a fully operating station. The station box is 18m deep, 26m wide and 256m long – the tallest building in Canary Wharf, One Canada Square, could be laid on its side within the box.

From 2018, up to 12 Crossrail trains an hour will make it quicker and easier for residents in Woolwich to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East. Woolwich will see some of the biggest journey time savings on the TfL-run Crossrail route, with fast and direct access to destinations such as Canary Wharf (8 minutes), Liverpool Street (14 minutes) and Bond Street (20 minutes).

In total, more than three million sq ft of residential, commercial and retail property is being developed over Crossrail sites right across London.

Karl Whiteman, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (East Thames),  said: “Berkeley has been leading the regeneration at Royal Arsenal Riverside for over a decade.  We are delighted to open the first ever development above a Crossrail station, with the completion of a collection of homes in Cannon Square at Royal Arsenal Riverside.

“Crossrail is without doubt the most important new transport infrastructure for London and the South East for a generation.  The new Crossrail station will make Woolwich one of the best connected parts of the capital, boosting the local economy as well as providing residents’ with direct access to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.”

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s Land and Property Director, said: “Southeast London will benefit from some of the most significant reductions in journey times when Crossrail opens in 2018. With Canary Wharf only 8 minutes away, and the connection to the West End reduced to less than 20 minutes, Crossrail will encourage further investment and regeneration and make the area even more attractive for homeowners and businesses alike.”

Crossrail will add 10% capacity to central London’s rail network. It will serve 40 stations, connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. TfL-run Crossrail services through central London will commence in December 2018. An estimated 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.

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For information about Crossrail, contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

For more information about Berkeley Homes or Royal Arsenal Riverside, contact Emma Molton / Francesca Sidoli on 020 7636 7366 or email [email protected]

About Crossrail:

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

When Crossrail opens it will increase central London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

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.

About Royal Arsenal Riverside:

Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Riverside offers sensational Thames-side living.  The £1.2 billion regeneration scheme includes historic conversions sitting alongside new developments, with 5,000 new homes plus restaurants, bars, shops and leisure facilities.  The development is set across 88 acres including parks, wide avenues and broad squares, each complemented by the area’s rich history.

The Greater London Authority helped to unlock the Royal Arsenal Riverside development through £2.8 million of “kick-start” funding provided to help deliver its first phases of construction.

About Cannon Square:

Cannon Square is currently being built directly above Woolwich Crossrail station and comprises five buildings. The buildings range from six to 20 storeys, with the first two buildings (six and 13 storeys) already completed.

Many Cannon Square properties will feature a balcony or terrace to provide outdoor living space and provide flexible layouts for comfortable apartment living.

Apartments range in size from 472 sq. ft. to 1252 sq. ft., and the interiors have been expertly crafted by leading London designer Tara Bernerd, whose expertise has been sought out by some of the world’s biggest names, including Aspinalls and Marco Pierre White.

Aside from Crossrail, Royal Arsenal Riverside has superb existing transport links into the city and beyond.  DLR takes just six minutes to London City Airport, 27 minutes to Bank and 20 minutes to Canary Wharf.  Thames Clippers services run from the on-site Woolwich Arsenal Pier. Commuters can also take National Rail services from Woolwich Arsenal station, which is only 300 metres from the development, arriving at London Bridge in 23 minutes and Charing Cross in 29 minutes.

About Armourers Court:

Designed by architects TP Bennett, the scheme comprises:

  • 394 high quality homes in five buildings of varying heights. Some will enjoy views out over the River Thames and all will be designed to meet lifetime homes standards
  • Three local retail units
  • Buildings arranged around a central garden with car and cycle parking beneath.
  • To the north of the station: three buildings of increasing height, stepping up towards the east
  • To the south of the station: a 22-storey building, along with a new tower to be constructed by Berkeley Homes, forms a gateway for the main vehicular entrance to the Royal Arsenal
  • In the south eastern corner of the site: a lower 10-storey building which helps to make a massing transition to the lower buildings to the south of Plumstead Road.

Planning consent has been granted. Crossrail is currently looking for a develop partner for this location.