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Plans unveiled for world-class public realm and 1500 homes within a public park on the river Thames

10.10.19

We are delighted to unveil our plans for a major mixed-use scheme on Greenwich Peninsula that will deliver around 1,500 new homes, hundreds of new jobs and more than six acres of high-quality landscaped parks and public realm along the River Thames.

Working with acclaimed Dutch architect OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture), we are consulting the local community and stakeholders on the plans, which would comprise 11 high-quality and tenure-blind residential buildings, featuring vertical green facades. The approximately 1,500 homes, of which 35% will be affordable, will include a mix of private sale, shared ownership and London Affordable Rent, with a focus on family homes.

At the heart of our proposal is a 4-acre riverfront park, known as Morden Park, which will offer fantastic views of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and Canary Wharf across the River Thames. The park will lead directly off the Thames Path and will welcome workers, visitors and residents alike. The landscape design is inspired by the site’s history and original marshland, adding a new ecological resource to the area.

The old jetty at the site will be opened up as part of the new park and will feature planting and artwork, while the Thames Path will receive significant upgrades and will be increased in width to 6m (3m for pedestrians and 3m for cyclists).

A new public square that can host seasonal events and markets will also be landscaped where the Thames Path meets Seawitch Street. The inclusion of a hidden underground car park means the public realm will cater almost exclusively to pedestrians and encourage cycling.

Overall the open space at Morden Wharf, which will include play and recreation space designed for all age groups, will amount to the equivalent of roughly three-and-a-half football pitches, addressing an existing deficit in open space in the area.

The scheme will also deliver a mix of commercial and employment uses that will directly support around 600 new jobs. This includes commercial, retail and community use, including smaller flexible spaces for SMEs and creative businesses, as well as ‘maker space’ and light industrial on the area of the site that is designated as Strategic Industrial Land. The aim is to bring the area, which has a rich history of industrial uses, back to life.

The plans also include space for bars, pubs and restaurants, including at the end of the southern warehouse, where The Sea Witch – a pub that was destroyed by a bomb during the Second World War – once stood. Other uses across the scheme include a children’s nursery and community space.

The site is located around 15 minutes walking distance from North Greenwich Station, on the Jubilee Line. Upon completion of the Silvertown Tunnel, Tunnel Avenue is proposed to become two-way which could allow for a new bus service that runs between Morden Wharf and North Greenwich Station.

The scheme will prioritise sustainability, cutting carbon emissions and future-proofing through the use of air source heat pumps to provide low-carbon heating as well as solar panels to generate renewable energy.

Richard Upton, Chief Development Officer, U+I, said:  “Our vision is to create a vibrant community rooted in the site’s heritage with world class public realm. We will bring together new homes, retail, leisure, employment and an extensive riverfront park to create a dynamic and integrated neighbourhood on the banks of the Thames. Morden Wharf will have at its heart a beautiful park and high-quality open spaces that are open to everyone. 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. We are consulting with the local community and stakeholders and look forward to hearing their feedback on our plans.”

Reinier de Graaf, partner, OMA, commented:  Our designs have drawn inspiration from Greenwich Peninsula’s industrial heritage - from the warehouses and silos that once sat on the site, to the iron lattice structure of the gasholders. 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. The new structures retain a strong industrial aesthetic; they are both new and modern, whilst also native to their surroundings and the site’s history. Importantly, Morden Wharf is designed to foster community and has the right mix of uses to create a successful and vibrant neighbourhood, all stitched together with beautiful public realm.”

For more information on the Morden Wharf proposals see: www.mordenwharf.com

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