The HUB Group has submitted plans to Greenwich Council for a development in Abbey Wood that includes a 29 storey tower. The scheme includes over 8000sqm of commercial space of flexible use class – such as for retail, community or office use – as well as a 90 room hotel and 208 apartments.
In addition to the tallest building, there is also a shorter separate block, and a shoulder-building to the tower. The shorter building, at 11 storeys, contains the hotel and some of the residential units.
The colour scheme, being mainly dark grey, is quite a contrast to the recently completed apartment building just to the east of the site which is clad in gold to match the neighbouring Sainsbury’s.
The design inspiration for the scheme, which has been designed by shedkm, is a mixture of elements inspired by RSH+P designs including Neo Bankside such as the cross bracing, and from Squire and Partners Landmark Towers which have influenced the horizontal banding.
The site originally had plans for significantly shorter buildings, but given the location next to a Crossrail station, a tower fits well with the principles of Transit Oriented Development. The area around Abbey Wood already has many shorter towers from the 1960s and 1970s, including those at Southmere Lake which featured in Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange.