Woolwich Town Centre Development, SE18 London, UK
This is an ambitious project to rejuvenate the heart of Woolwich town centre. The masterplan proposes a new council office, nearly 1,000 apartments and new retail at ground floor, the anchor store being a new Tesco - this is the first supermarket in the town centre for over 30 years.
A key challenge of the project was incorporating the store and the residential space over the top as a single building. The scheme is unified by a series of sinuous metallic elements which act as walls and roofs, avoiding the compositional problem of putting residential blocks over a retail podium. The retail footprint is maximised to the site extents by careful planning of residential accommodation and circulation. The end aesthetic is like a series of folding ribbons which enclose both the store and residential above.
This project, will be the largest urban supermarket in central London. The challenge to take the suburban model and make it relevant to sites such as this has given Sheppard Robson the unprecedented experience of not only the architectural issues, but also the technical issues of servicing, structure and bringing daylight into the black box retail unit.
- Placemaking Awards - Finalist
- London Planning Awards - Shortlisted