Wellington Street, SE18 Woolwich, London, UK
Sheppard Robson’s designs for a residential-led, 316-unit development in Woolwich carefully weave together existing buildings and architectural additions with a new public realm, cultural and retail facilities at the heart of the development.
For client Real Estate Investment Management, the design of the £75m development revolves around a cohesive architectural language that is distinctive yet sympathetic to the surrounding, mostly Victorian, buildings and high streets. Subtle variation in materiality, form and proportions help give an overall feeling of clarity and quality to the project, responding to the urban characteristics of the adjacent Bathway Quarter as well as improving connections with the Love Lane and the Powis Street retail area.
Positioned strategically on a one-hectare site in Woolwich are five new brick buildings that knit together the urban block and help define project’s new public space. The lower-rise buildings follow the perimeter of the site and are formed of red brick; the scale and materiality of these are consistent with the adjacent high streets. Further rooting the parameter of the Wellington Street elevation within its high-street context, the rooflines of the design are animated by a series of metal, geometrically-faceted dormers that relate to the varying and more decorative rooflines found on the street.
Responding to the differing architectural characters found around the perimeter of the site, the elevation on Thomas Street has a roofline made up of simpler forms, reflecting the more regular architectural styles of the street. The facades are defined by a repetitive rhythm to the windows, which are either flush or recessed, depending on the orientation and the solar shading required.
This public landscape space will provide access to a new arts cinema, relocated dance school as well as café, restaurant and retail facilities that animate the ground floor of the central space.
- Real Estate Investment Management
- 48,000 m2
- New London Architecture Awards - Shortlisted