Buildings, Streets, Plans & Politics in SE London (mostly)


A look at development across south east London. Big changes are underway as Crossrail comes to the north of Greenwich borough, and the borough is projected to have the second highest growth in house building of any authority in London.

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  1. Hi
    The Woolwich Grand Theatre project has taken over the old cinema at 38 Wellington Street (the former troubled Ntyce night club) and is staging a public meeting on the 3rd of May 6.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to state our case for a community and live venue space in the heart of Woolwich, as well as announcing how we intend to fund this project in the short term. The meeting is being attended by local residents. Councillor and l people native to the Woolwich and surrounding areas. There is a lot at stake here and we need all the support and help we can so please publicise this meeting as you see fit
    Kind regards
    Adrian Green

  2. Hi – I couldn’t see a way of private messaging you, so thought i’d drop you a line here.

    Just to say, that I’ve been reading your posts with great interest, as have a lot of other people, especially in regards to Woolwich regeneration, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead.

    Keep you the good work, and thanks.

  3. Great blog, your insight is very thought provoking and i thank you for taking time to share your thoughts especially not being familiar with the areas.

    In your opinion which areas in south east London can you see growing the quickest and appealing to new residents coming into the area such as young professionals etc? Crossrail will only help enhance the appeal for commuters to reside here for cheaper level but I guess to a degree there needs to be interest for them to want to stay such as adequate bars, restaurants etc (stoke newington like for example)

  4. Hi,
    I’ve been reading your blog ever since I moved to Abbey Wood 2 years ago and I find it fascinating. Thank you for all your work!

    1. Thanks for this – just having a look. The tower proposed in front of tesco looked awful. As for the other one to the rear – it looks a graceless stumpy thing. It would be better in the middle of the site too with heights gradually dropping to the boundary.

      They’ve put parking at ground floor level not basement by looks of it to save money. This presents a plain wall and dead frontage to the dual carriageway. I guess shops would struggle there though.

  5. Are the developers at the site by the new Abbey Wood station actually hoping to sell any units? In view of the degenerating state of Abbey Wood with drugs, violence and street gangs they may have a shock. Not that the police or Greenwich Council are prepared to take any action.

    1. I can see them going the way of the flats built by the station 10 years ago. They were supposed to attract new people and that didn’t last long. If the council keeps neglecting the place and ignoring things that are happening, and refusing to act or fine people causing problems then nothing will change.

  6. One comment about South Eastern; you keep talking about the “Woolwich Dockyard problem” preventing longer trains, however the solution is simple. All SE need to to is announce that passengers for WD should travel in the front 4/5 carriages and lock the rear of the train at that station. It works at other stations on Southeastern and on other parts of the Network!

  7. New Lewisham Premier Inn
    do you know what’s going on with the new Premier Inn at Lewisham – the building work seems to have come to a halt and it looks far from finished.

  8. Hello and thanks for your great posts about this areas.
    I’ve a question. Do you know what’s happening for bus roots after cross rail coming to Abbey Wood?
    Is any new plan for opening new roots?

    Many thanks

  9. As far as local buildings are concerned, the jewel in the crown is the Beam Engine House and associated buildings at Crossness (apart from Tower Bridge the only Grade 1 Listed industrial building in South London) restored by volunteers and housing the largest rotative beam engines in the world.
    Our next public open day is Sunday 22 May 10.30-4pm see our website (about to be upgraded). The restored engine, The Prince Consort, will be steaming that day. We are also constructing an Exhibition telling the story of the Great Stink which we hope to launch on 12 July. The exhibition is currently under construction but you will be able to see progress on 22 May as well as the reconstruction of our Victorian garden. We also have bee hives and can sell you some honey!
    Another attraction for the future will be The Woolwich, the only surviving steam locomotive from the former Royal Arsenal Narrow gauge railway which we are also restoring at Crossness.
    By the way, Belvedere Road has been renamed Bazalgette Way after the great Victorian engineer who designed the Victorian sewerage system of which Crossness was a major part.
    We can be found at Thames Water, Bazalgette Way, SE2 9AQ

  10. This is a brilliant blog, it would be great if you could expose the shambles of the continuing curbside drain flooding at Wilton Road that needs to be pumped out by vacuumed up by a lorry every time there is a heavy rainfall, whilst building a new station on top of it. It’s been dug up five times and still it continues. Unbelievable incompetence.

  11. I live in Slade Green, in this last week we have been told the council are going to knock down one half of slade green and build 8,000 flats also 6,000 flats in Erith. Do you know much about this and can you give us any more information, the council are not saying much many thanks

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