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Crossrail wins approval for Woolwich Arsenal schemes

Weston Williamson’s and TP Bennett’s schemes for Crossrail at London’s Woolwich Arsenal have been given the green light

Greenwich Council voted unanimously to approve plans for TP Bennett’s scheme, which includes a 22-storey tower in a cluster of five buildings above the new Weston Williamson-designed Crossrail station - which also won the go-ahead.

Situated next to Plumstead Road, the TP Bennett scheme forms part of a new town centre plan for Woolwich with the five individual buildings varying in height - three to the north of the station and two to the south.

The TP Bennett-designed residential scheme is set above a garden podium with approximately 700m² of commercial space.

The plan sits within the original Allies and Morrison masterplan which will ultimately see 2,500 homes constructed on the 300,000m² Royal Woolwich Arsenal site which surrounds the planned station.

Weston Williamson’s Crossrail ticket hall and station buildings run through the centre of the residential scheme.

The new station has been designed with two key architectural aims; to provide strong visual and spatial links beyond the Royal Arsenal site, and to ensure the architectural form and language responds to the history and character of the Royal Arsenal site.

The station building will be topped with a private garden that will serve as amenity space for the over site development, and is punctuated with shafts to enable the effective operation of the station below.

The garden is linked to the ground by a series of stepped, planted ramps which separate the buildings and provide a visual and physical connection between the two.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Interesting that the station incorporates escalators, unlike the proposals for Ealing Broadway - I wonder if the predicted passenger numbers at Woolwich Arsenal are greater than those for Ealing Broadway?

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  • Do you think they have considered any of that sort of logic, or is it purely a political decision to develop the Arsenal rather than carrying on making ammunition there ?

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