The Berkeley Group has submitted plans for six towers on the westernmost plot of the Royal Arsenal masterplan. These towers, rising up to a maximum of 22 storeys, will contain 764 apartments.
This part of the scheme will be fully private, with the affordable provision agreed within the masterplan being provided within other buildings on the site.
Interestingly while the outline permission allowed for studios, often the most profitable unit type for developers given their small size, Berkeley have chosen to only include flats with separate bedrooms with 383 one bed flats, 303 two bed apartments and 78 family-sized three-bedders.
Barton Willmore has drawn up the designs, opting for a glazed aluminium rainscreen curtain wall on the upper floors, with two storey bronze metal cladding at the base.
The windows are in a consistent location across the tower, giving it a strong vertical appearance, with black window frames and balconies, contrasting with the light silver colour of the aluminium.
Overall the design contrasts greatly with the brick-based towers of the over-station development, which are in the process of completing, and the historic buildings of Royal Arsenal, helping the scheme avoid becoming too monotone in its palette as well as giving a nod to the other historic materiality of the previous use of the site in producing metal armaments and munitions.
The scheme is located close to the Ferry Terminal, as well as the foot tunnel – the longer, and often forgotten cousin of the Greenwich foot tunnel, and only a short walk away from the new Crossrail station, as well as the existing DLR and train stations.
Next door is the leisure centre, which in renders is appearing increasingly dated and low-rise compared with its neighbours. Almost certainly this will be developed in the near future, as will sites across Woolwich High Street – including a site we covered a scoping proposal for recently.