Greenwich Peninsula to be returned to a post-industrial landscape

Part of the Greenwich Peninsula in London is set to be transformed, driving growth and employment while creating 1,500 new homes.

A new project is underway with developer U+I working with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) to deliver plans for Morden Wharf on the Greenwich Peninsula, close to the O2 and formerly the site of the Tate & Lyle glucose refinery.

U+I wants to create “a vibrant community rooted in the 19 acre site’s heritage with public space at its heart”. The developer’s plans include creating a mixed use site covering 26,000 sq ft, on which 11 residential buildings will range from six to 37 storeys to provide 1,500 new homes of which 35% will be affordable units.

Cutting carbon emissions

Cutting carbon emissions is a priority and the Morden Wharf development will include heat pumps and solar energy. The entire design of the site has been influenced by the Peninsula’s industrial heritage.

Richard Upton, U+I’s chief development officer, said: “We will deliver a scheme that not only opens up and transforms the area into a green mixed-use development, but also drives growth and employment, and delivers much-needed homes.”

Morden Wharf meeting the needs of a modern generation

U+I is set to submit a planning application imminently, after receiving public feedback on the proposals.

Currently, local stakeholders are in consultation with the group about the full scope for Modern Wharf to include a new 3.5 acre riverfront park and the refurbishment of an old jetty, a riverfront bar or restaurant, shops and a children’s nursery.

The proposed development also includes a public square for markets and an underground car park, as well as retail and commercial space aimed at providing units for small creative businesses and access to the Thames Clipper service with improved transport links.

OMA partner Reinier de Graaf said: “We have also looked back further, to the original marshland landscape of the peninsula, and in creating the park and public realms we are seeking to return the post-industrial landscape to a more natural and ecologically diverse condition, reminiscent of the site’s original condition. Our design has been influenced by the industrial heritage of Greenwich Peninsula.”

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