Designing new homes at Greenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula is one of the largest regeneration projects in London, and indeed, the whole of Europe. Situated in east London, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and across the River Thames from Canary Wharf, it consists of seven new neighbourhoods masterplanned by Allies and Morrison. Building upon this work, the practice has recently been appointed architect for two residential components of the wider development.

The first of these are two towers at the heart of the scheme within the Peninsula Central neighbourhood, next to The O2 and Peninsula Place, the 130,000 sqm mixed-use development being designed by Santiago Calatrava, which was unveiled last month by the Mayor of London. The towers’ facades will be made of folded surfaces creating an elegant impression that is both sculptural and rational. They will provide a mix of affordable, intermediate and market homes within easy reach via quick connections at North Greenwich tube station.

In January 2017, planning permission was also secured for five blocks also designed by Allies and Morrison comprising 278 new homes of mixed tenure incorporating 1-, 2- and 3-bed units. Located in Parkside, on the western side of Greenwich Peninsula and fronting Central Park, the buildings’ architecture is of a single family, balancing shared traits with each having their own individual expression. Generally light in colour and finely detailed, they are being designed with residents in mind, robust in materiality, providing generous natural light as well as ample balcony space.

Greenwich Peninsula is an important new cultural district for London incorporating The O2 Arena and Ravensbourne College, two new public parks, a new transport interchange, a new film studio as well as 15,000 new homes. More information on the development can be found here.