Greenwich Peninsula is currently on in the progress of developing and regenerating an area that has been neglected. Neglected since before the O2 arrived which was built to start the regeneration oa barren area; but also since the O2 arrived the development of the aea stalled.
That has all changed. As of april 2011, a new higher education institution has been built next to the O2 as well as office spaces and new retail spaces. New chiquitos, Tesco express and Cafe Rouge.
Through my own photography, lets take a look at how it looks today (april 2011).
Below these buildings Tesco and Wagamamas opened at the end of 2010. These buildings are the transport for London buildings and they provide beneath them space for 9 retail units which have been filled by the two afromentioned retails outlets Tesco and wagamamas, leaving room for six more.
And here is the thinnest side of the Ravensbourne University building which houses cafe rouge, chiquitos and costa beneath it.
Ravensbourne’s £70 million building is up for an award: shortlisted for the RIBA Awards for London 2011 as revealed by RIBA today (1 April 2011). The list includes 55 schemes, from a total of 114 submitted entries. The final award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the V&A on the 19th May 2011.
Ravensbourne’s new building, in Penrose Way next to The O2, opened to students at the end of October 2010 following a £70 million investment including £3.5 million from the London Development Agency (LDA), £5.5 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government and further investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Greenwich Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Skills Funding Agency. The European Development Fund also provided £1.5 million to create low carbon incubator space, incorporating new technologies and a suite of environmentally sustainable features. Ravensbourne had been based in Chislehurst in Bromley since 1976.
The new developments happening in north greenwich are divided into four section. These sections will be Districts and consist of residential and retail districts. They are as follows:
The retail section is called Peninsula Central. The other three sections, Peninsula Quays, Peninsula Parkside and Peninsula Riverside will be brand new residential Districts. What is promised from these districts are 3.5 million sq ft office space, 9.2 million sq ft residential space, 194,000 sq ft industrial and 363,000 sq ft of retail space. As well as that there will be 645,000 sq ft of hotel space. The residential districts will bring 10,000 homes with 3,800 of them being affordable homes.
The retail district is called the penisula Central. Today (april 2011) it already has the North greenwich station at the heart of it, along with ravensbourne’s building and the TFL’s offices. The latter two buildings bring with them 13 retails spaces of which 5 have already been opened in 2010.
On the left of the path that the public take to go to the o2 when exiting the underground station will be a building that will also hold retails spaces beneath it. Here is a rendering of that building. This would be in phase two of the development with phase one still underway (april 2011).
The recently approved cable car will also be part of the Peninsula Central area. TfL had this to say about the cable car project.
A cable car would give pedestrians and cyclists a fast and regular service and support growth and regeneration in the area.
As a new landmark on the London skyline, it would also be a major attraction, improving access to major entertainment venues as well as connecting communities and visitor destinations on both sides of the river.
Here is a video showing the the route people would take if they were walking from the North Greenwich Tube and Bus station.
Here the video shows the route of the cable car as it travels from the Royal Docks to greenwich.
Right next to the cable car will be the residential district Peninsula Riverside.
These residential neighbourhoods lie to the south of Peninsula Central. Peninsula Riverside has a prominent Thames frontage and Parkside enjoys views onto Central Park. Convenience retail, food stores and several restaurants will be found on Bugsby’s Square, making the most of the riverside ambience
This article will be updated when more information becomes available.
This will be located on the opposite side of the peninsula and the land here has been prepared and dug out for a number of years now.
West of North Greenwich Interchange and Peninsula Square, a wide pedestrian boulevard leads to Peninsula Quays with its stunning views across the Thames to Canary Wharf.
In the tradition of the best London villages, a good selection of local neighbourhood retailers such as a bakery, a wine merchant, a delicatessen and a quality corner store will be located here. The riverfront at Peninsula Quays will be buzzing with al fresco bars and restaurants offering places for office workers and residents to relax.
This will face opposite the river peninsular district and over look the central park that divides both districts.