The huge Tesco store at Love Lane in Woolwich should begin construction next month after a delay of a couple of years. A deal has just been signed for construction to begin  with developer Willmott Dixon. For such a huge scheme I have not seen much about it at all. A common problem in South East London with no decent local papers. I vaguely recall seeing some renders that looked pretty awful so off I went hoping to see if changes had been made. Here it is –

The answer is no. It’s the same plan. Looks awful. Overbearing and top heavy. Commits the contemporary sins of random cladding strips, and using a drab colour scheme of variations of grey. I believe this is looking at the corner where the old post office currently stands. More images are here on the architects (Sheppard Robinsons) site. It will look bleak on a cloudy day with it’s looming grey blocks if the renders are anything to go by, and Woolwich doesn’t need more bleak.

The store and 100 flats should be ready by late summer 2012. The rest should be complete by late 2013.

This is one of Tesco’s new towns. They’ve grown restless with opening shops every 5 yards across many towns across the UK, and so now have branched out into building whole towns. It’s a bit much to expect such a massive company making £3 billion profit a year to do anything more than poor and cheap developments it seems. They’ve got another one  in Bromley-By-Bow lined up.

That one there had a bit of a mauling from CABE. The masterplan has the retail shed close to the river, and much of the housing next to the Blackwall approach road. Moronic. Completely the wrong way around. Tesco have ignored CABE’s advice and are will now be building it as they see fit. Decent air quality for residents, and making the most of the natural assets of the site don’t figure at all.