woolwich connaught

The old Connaught estate in Woolwich has been razed to the ground over the past year or two. As part of the One Woolwich scheme providing 1600 new homes, the former blocks are to be replaced with new builds. The design includes a road and park running through the site to increase permeability. The plans did not however involve Woolwich Baptist Church at the corner of the old estate, and its retention did seem a bit incongruous.

Church with old estate behind
Church with old estate behind
Church surrounded by construction site
Church surrounded by construction site

That looks to change. Developers Lovell, behind the estate rebuild, are looking to demolish the church and rebuild it below a large amount of housing. The plans see 128 homes built. It’s a good idea – the church has little architectural merit and isn’t a very efficient use of land, as the photo above shows.

Church in lower right corner
Church in lower right corner

Lovells have only submitted an “Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion”, which is a basic and broad outline of intentions, so no detailed plans have been shown as yet. But it looks very likely to go ahead. 14-storeys is of similar height to planned buildings around the site, which will max out around 18-storeys according to the Lovell site.

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