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Greenwich Council backs Alison Brooks' tallest scheme to date

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Greenwich Council has approved Alison Brooks Architects’ tallest project to date, part of the major Greenwich Peninsula regeneration project

The residential scheme includes a 28-storey skyscraper as well as a 17-storey tower and two lower buildings of 12 and five-storeys. 

The cluster of four residential towers will contain around 400 flats, featuring roof gardens and co-working spaces.

Up till now the practice’s tallest built project has been a six-storey residential block: the 2008 Stirling Prize-winning Accordia Brass Building in Cambridge.

Practice principal Alison Brooks said: ‘Our intention was to create a robust, adaptable urban block with generous proportions that reinforces the peninsula’s cosmopolitan identity.’

The Greenwich Peninsula regeneration project, masterplanned by Allies and Morrison, was granted planning in 2015, replacing Terry Farrell’s 2004 Greenwich Peninsula masterplan.

Backed by developer Knight Dragon, it includes seven new neighbourhoods comprising more than 15,000 homes, 19ha of public spaces, a film studio and 300,000m2 commercial buildings.

In January, Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava revealed his £1 billion vision for the area, transforming the arrival hall at North Greenwich Underground station into a towering winter garden.

Allies and Morrison is working on affordable housing in the area, while last year Penoyre and Prasad won a competition to expand the local school.

Other architects working on the transformation of Greenwich Peninsula include SOM, Marks Barfield, DSDHA and Duggan Morris.

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Plan

Source: ABA

Alison Brooks Architects’ Greenwich Peninsula Towers

Architect’s view

Appearing as if carved from a single block, the four buildings radiate in plan, responding to the curve of the park edge opposite, while maximising views of the area and river. The metal lattice expression of the towers and their tapering forms were inspired by the industrial heritage of the local area; the gas holders and cast iron clad chimneys of Greenwich Power Station.

Project data

Location Greenwich Peninsula
Type of project Residential
Architects Alison Brooks Architects
Client Knight Dragon Developments
Quantity surveyor Gardner and Theobald
Structural engineer Robert Bird Group
M&E engineer Meinhardt (UK)
Landscape architect Turkington Martin Landscape Architects
Start on site date 2017 (TBC)
Completion date 2019 (TBC)
Gross internal floor area 26,505m² 

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