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Minister backs Hopkins' revised Greenwich plans

The Secretary of State Eric Pickles has rubberstamped Hopkins’ reworked proposals for the regeneration of Greenwich Market

Pickles agreed with the planning inspector, who recommended approval for a revised scheme, submitted after initial proposals were refused by the London Borough of Greenwich’s in August 2009 (see below).

Martin Sands, director of project backer Greenwich Hospital, said: ‘The Hospital believes that the approved scheme, which includes minor amendments, will maintain the character and atmosphere of the current market within a refurbished environment.

This decision recognises the standard of design employed by Hopkins Architects and their success in creating a scheme that responds to the constraints of the site yet remains sympathetic to the surrounding architecture.”

He added: ‘Greenwich Hospital will consider the detail of the consent granted with its professional advisers to decide how best to take matters forward. In any event Greenwich Hospital will not consider starting the market regeneration before January 2013, following the first Christmas after the Olympics.’ 

‘More immediately, Greenwich Hospital will continue working with Greenwich stakeholders, traders, retailers, Greenwich Council and all those involved in the future of Greenwich, to make the market and Greenwich a continuing success, particularly in the key pre Olympic period.’ 

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CABE unconvinced by Hopkins’ revised Greenwich plans

Hopkins’ revised plans for the regeneration of Greenwich Market have failed to convince CABE

The practice’s original scheme for the historic market, which featured a translucent canopy roof, was rejected last August despite having received backing from UNESCO and English Heritage and has now gone to appeal.

Submitted as an amendment to the previous proposal and due to be determined by the planning inspector, the latest plans were labelled ‘alien’ by the commission which also criticised the proposed layout of the market, the ‘dominating’ scale of the boutique hotel and the detailing of the glazed roof.

The design review panel suggested more be done to enhance the existing market environment, including the circular ‘organic’ route from Greenwich Church Street, branded as ‘awkward in the rectangular context of the market and the strict Joseph Kay design’.

While the retention and refurbishment in amended design (see attached document) of the existing roof in place of the previously proposed canopy roof were welcomed, CABE remained concerned that the relationship between the roof and the proposed cantilevering building was still not ‘fully resolved’.

The circular layout of the new central block, the review said, did not address the needs of the proposed retail units, and along with the amount of hotel accommodation, appeared ‘alien’ in the context of the existing market.

The CABE also suggested a direct route from Dumford Street to King William Walk to improve access through the site.

Hopkins was awarded the job four years ago, with the building originally planned to finish in late 2011 - with the hotel and market opening in early in 2012.

Hopkins' original Greenwich Market proposal

Hopkins’ original Greenwich Market proposal

The planning inspectorate is due to hold an inquiry into the amended proposals for the south London World Heritage site at the start of September, before a decision is made by the Secretary of State, sometime in early 2011.

No one from Hopkins was available to comment.

To view the amended proposals submitted for appeal, click here.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Goodbye Greenwich.

    It used to be a real place. Now it is just restaurants, chain stores (the shopping over the DLR), and tourist shops.

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