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Tuesday, 1st December 2020

Woolwich Exchange Planning Application Validated

Temple Group is pleased to announce that the planning and listed building consent applications for Woolwich Exchange, a residential-led mixed-use regeneration scheme in Woolwich town centre have been submitted and validated by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The mixed-use scheme, a joint venture between St Modwen and Notting Hill Genesis will provide 801 new homes, 158 of which will be affordable, a five-screen Picturehouse cinema, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as a gym, nursey, workspace, new green public spaces and pedestrian routes across the site.

The scheme embraces heritage, sustainable development, built for future principals and community benefits.  It will include the transformation of a Grade-II listed but redundant former covered market into an active space for the community that celebrates its original features.  It will also preserve and restore historic elements of buildings along Woolwich New Road.

The new housing has been designed for flexible living providing spaces to live, work and play, whilst the development boasts exceptional transport links with Crossrail, the DLR, National Rail and numerous bus routes allowing it to be car free. Energy efficiency is embedded throughout the scheme and extensive planting and new green spaces will be provided for local people and residents to enjoy, promoting urban biodiversity.

This regeneration will open up the site, creating new indoor and outdoor public spaces with free access for everyone to enjoy, while delivering new leisure and community facilities the whole area can benefit from.

The scheme will deliver major investment in the future of Woolwich, boosting the local economy by up to £60 million a year during construction and £10 million a year once operational, whilst creating 200 new jobs in retail, leisure and employment and over 600 temporary construction jobs.

Temple project managed and coordinated the production of the Environmental Statement (ES) for both the 2018 planning application and the revised 2020 scheme and led the technical air quality, noise and vibration, climate change assessments and rapid Health Impact Assessment to support the planning application.

Temple provided design advice to maximise the environmental outcomes of the scheme, whilst managing the wider Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team to produce the environmental statement through a challenging COVID-19 period.

The project had key environmental challenges including; the integration of the Grade II listed Former Woolwich Covered Market and elements of the buildings on Woolwich New Road which sit within the Woolwich Conservation Area; enabling appropriate sunlight and daylight within adjacent properties and the new apartments and enhancing open space and complementing the surrounding public realm. These were all carefully considered and appropriate mitigation measures were recommended within the ES or embedded in the design.

The potential environmental effects were considered throughout all phases of the proposed development. Temple worked closely with the design team and technical specialists to avoid potential environmental effects and develop mitigation measures to enhance potential benefits and avoid or reduce adverse impacts for the demolition, construction and operational phases.