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Stockwell Square,
a new square for Greenwich

BACKGROUND

The largest development site in Greenwich town centre is set for redevelopment with the sale by the London Borough of Greenwich to Greenwich House Properties Ltd of the vacant council offices (John Humphries House) in Stockwell Street opposite the Ibis hotel. GHP owns the adjacent land which is used as a weekend market and for parking. David Tearle, director of GHP says: We are looking at a mixture of uses, possibly to include a high-quality food hall, a destination restaurant, maybe a boutique hotel as well as housing and offices.

The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership (BWCP) have been appointed architects and are working with Kim Wilkie Associates on urban design and public realm aspects of the brief. GHPs agreement with the council calls for a full planning application by early next year. The task As architects, BWCP are pleased and privileged to have the task of tackling this important site. The London Borough of Greenwich has approved a mixed-use development brief which was adopted last year as Supplementary Planning Guidance to the 1994 Unitary Development Plan. We are tasked to interpret this appropriately, allowing for the practical and economic constraints on the development. The councils predominant concern will be to ensure that proposals are worthy of this part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site - a concern which is wholly endorsed by GHP. Plans for the Railtrack-owned part of the site will be prepared as a part of the planning application. Their implementation will be subject to the commercial and practical aspects of dealing with Railtrack, including bridging over an operational railway line. Proposals will also aim to support the Boroughs 2001 draft strategy for the economic development of Greenwich, in particular by providing business premises of a suitable size and quality. We have been carrying out research, fact finding and feasibility work over the summer, and are now embarked upon a full consultation process. A planning application will follow, probably around the end of the year. The Borough will be consulting formally on the application and statutory procedures are likely to take several months. Members of the project team have already approached interested organisations and individuals as part of our research and we appreciate their advice and assistance.

The illustrations shown here are the early fruit of our labours; they are only diagrams as yet and are intended to show the principles we currently consider appropriate. They were first presented to a meeting of local stakeholders helpfully convened by the Greenwich Society at the University on 29th October 2001. We invite your response and guidance now so we can take reactions into account before making detailed proposals.

How to respond

Please comment in writing, preferably by email to greenwich@bwcp.co.uk. All responses will be acknowledged and considered, but we may not respond in detail, as we are sure you will understand. We will report on your responses and our design progress here. If using post please write to Brian Waters with reference to Stockwell Street, by 19th November. We assume that your views and identity may be made public unless you say otherwise. Thanking you for your interest and, in anticipation, for your help.