Project name Woolwich Exchange Service Mixed-use residential led Environmental Statement ES Client Spray Street Quarter LLP Project Period September 2019 – April 2021


We undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepared an Environmental Statement (ES) for a detailed planning application which was submitted to demolish all existing buildings on-site, except for the Grade II listed former Woolwich covered market (which will be transformed, and the historic elements of buildings will be preserved and restored), to provide a residential-led, mixed-use development for 801 homes.


We worked closely with the design team and technical specialists to provide design advice to maximise the environmental outcomes of the scheme. The strengths and weaknesses of each design iteration was assessed in line with environmental and planning principles and the layout, scale and massing were revised accordingly. Our flexible approach from the EIA team enabled us to efficiently manage changes to project scope without delay to the project submission. Such as design and massing amendments to limit microclimate and overshadowing impacts to residents, enhance open space and changing the orientation of buildings to allow for open views and variety in the massing profile.

Temple managed and coordinated the EIA, as well as specialist chapters such as air quality, noise & climate change, produced standalone reports to support the planning application, and developed appropriate mitigation strategies all in the midst of the challenging Covid-19 pandemic.


Our experience of a similar previous project enabled us to proactively address issues such as changes in design freeze and project scope. The result was an Environmental Statement and standalone reports which supported the detailed planning application which was approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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“Very happy with the service Temple provided. Their flexible approach, clear communication, and effective coordination of the technical specialists allowed the environmental outcomes of the scheme to be maximised whilst delivering a comprehensive and concise EIA.”

Gary Morris, Development Director at St. Modwen Properties Ltd (on behalf of Spray Street Quarter LLP)

Key Contacts

James Sanders Senior Director - Environment & Planning
Charlie Irwin Principal Consultant - Environment
Dr Xiangyu Sheng Director - Air Quality, Climate & Carbon
John Fisk Director - Noise & Vibration