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Woolwich's squares to get the Livingstone treatment

Woolwich's run-down town squares have been selected as the latest priority for London Mayor Ken Livingstone's ambitious 100 Public Spaces Programme.

Under the regeneration plan, the south-east London area's General Gordon and Beresford Squares, along with Dial Arch Square, are to be reworked into a 'coherent central focus'.

The project is a joint venture between Greenwich Council, Design for London and Transport for London, and marks the latest stage in Ken Livingstone's scheme to create 'exemplary inner-city spaces for Londoners'.

A design competition will be launched shortly, according to London Development Agency director Peter Bishop, and a design team will be in place within approximately six months.

Commenting on the decision to select Woolwich, Bishop said: 'This is an exciting time for Woolwich, with lots of regeneration activity in the area. A redesigned public square at the heart of the town centre will be key to making that rejuvenation really work for the people who live there.'

He added: 'It will be a community space that brings people together, complementing and linking with the various regeneration proposals for the town. We will be looking for the very best design skills for this high profile project.'

by Clive Walker

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