Last night (February 23) Greenwich Council approved plans to overhaul the existing outdated dockside facilities and build three new pavilions on the World Heritage Site on the south bank of the Thames.
These pavilions will house boat-ticketing kiosks and three café/bar restaurants and will also create a 'new vantage point' for the 650,000 people who use riverboats from Greenwich Pier every year.
Backed by developer Stonehurst Estates, the design of the scheme has been inspired by the renowned clipper ship Cutty Sark and will be built from wood and copper to mirror the materials used in traditional boat building.
Paul Zara, director of Conran & Partners, says the proposals will 'fundamentally improve one of London's most high profile sites' and act as a significant new destination on the river in Greenwich.
He said: 'We are opening up the site for visitors - and the public space is being transformed with better views of the Cutty Sark and the famous architectural sights of Greenwich.
'The new Greenwich Pier takes inspiration from the Cutty Sark, but will be resolutely modern.'
Work is expected to begin in the early autumn after the completion of a six-month river-wall-maintenance project.
The new-look pier could be ready by the end of 2008. Meanwhile Grimshaw's plans to build a glass roof around the nearby Cutty Sark as part of a £26 million restoration scheme are not due to complete until 2010.