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Formation Architects lodges plans for Woolwich residential tower

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Plans by Formation Architects have been submitted for a triangular 27-storey tower residential development in Woolwich, south-east London

The project, for Meyer Homes, forms phases three and four of the Woolwich Central development, which is being masterplanned by Sheppard Robson and provides nearly 1,000 new flats in total. 

Proposals for phase three include 804 homes and 2,700m² of commercial space, which will include offices, shops and restaurants, while phase four features a cluster of eight linked buildings, ranging in height from 11 to 16 storeys, and a public square. 

Phases one and two, for new council offices and a Tesco store, designed by Sheppard Robson, have now completed.

Michael Richter, director at Formation Architects, said: ‘Woolwich Central is the kind of urban project which fascinates us: the central urban location, the varying scales and juxtapositions, layers of history, a challenging topography and a brief which calls for a high density mixed use, mix tenure quarter.

‘We worked closely with our client, the design team and the local stakeholders to deliver a highly tailored response to the complex brief. We hope that the proposed quarter with a new public square at its heart, significant improvements to the public realm and the triangular landmark tower with its elegant articulation, will over time become an integral part of the urban and social fabric of Woolwich.’

Site plan colour cut

Site plan colour cut

Source: Formation Architects

Plans by Formation Architects for phases three and four of Woolwich Central (site plan)

Architect’s view

A slender 27-storey landmark tower is designed to mark the town centre of Woolwich against the backdrop of new high-rise developments at the periphery. The tower accommodates 206 private residential units above a commercial plinth which contains over 900m² of retail, commercial and community space. The asymmetrical triangular footprint with rounded corners reinforces existing sightlines whilst the plinth relates to the scale of the existing context. Triangulated precast concrete pilasters and prominent horizontal bands every third floor create a legible scale. The red colour relates the building to the family of landmark buildings in the area. The slender ‘bullnose’ emphasised by curved glazing addresses General Gordon Square and minimises overshadowing.

A three-storey ‘crown’ accommodates duplex units and a communal roof garden for residents.

The second part of the site comprises of 598 mixed-tenured residential units and will include 1,158m² of affordable commercial space at ground and first floor and 570m² of retail space. a cluster of linked buildings of 11 to 16 storeys

The parallel arrangement of the eight 11 to 16 storey buildings responds to the topography of the site and offers new pedestrian links across the site. A new public square is placed at the heart of the development to serve as a much-needed community space and a focal point at the end of Love Lane. Six of the perimeter blocks will be clad in brown, grey and red brick whereas the central building will be clad in white glass to reflect the light and contrast the earthen appearance of the neighbouring buildings.

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