The proposals seek to deliver a more inclusive scheme with greater benefits for the local community and is more respectful of heritage.
The development would comprise an alternative housing product complemented by communal spaces and facilities and a publicly accessible ground floor community space
We have created a bespoke shared vision for our Woolwich project by working with likeminded local stakeholders that value people, bring communities together and enhance the quality of life of all. The ground floor will be publicly accessible and a community space is proposed on the top floor.
We have collaborated with several local groups, including Fight for Peace, a youth centre in North Woolwich who are co-designing the roof terrace, public art installations and community and cultural spaces with us.
The design approach seeks to respect the neighbouring heritage assets, using brown brick and carefully selected materials as a contemporary and non-competing reference to the details found in the surrounding buildings. The ground floor has generous floor to ceiling heights to create a bright and engaging frontage.
The close proximity of the site to the Royal Arsenal Conservation Area, Woolwich Conservation Area, the Royal Arsenal Brass Foundry (Grade I) and the Royal Arsenal Main Guard Room (Grade II) have directly informed the scale, form, mass and architectural design of the development proposals.
The proposed scheme follows a similar height and massing approach to the 2017 Previously Consented Scheme. It integrates and varies with the heights of emerging and existing buildings of the nearby context.
The proposals ensure the building is not visible in the view of the Royal Brass Foundry along No.1 Street from the north, which is one of Woolwich’s key views. This view is focused on the symmetrical façade of the Brass Foundry. The proposal is suborindate in scale to the surrounding 20+ storey buildings in long views
The proposals are car-free and our approach provides a lay-by entry point to service the building safely from the street without being detrimental to current traffic flow. The ground floor of the building is set back to provide an enhanced public realm. A ‘shared surface zone’ ensures pedestrians remain a priority.
Our proposals will promote sustainable living and improve the sustainability and environmental performance of the built environment by: Increasing energy efficiency; Reducing CO2 emissions; Generating energy services efficiently; and Implementing building-integrated Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) technology
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