Overview

This Virtual Exhibition presents our emerging design approach for Millennium Retail Park whilst presenting opportunities for local residents to provide feedback.

We are eager to hear local people’s views. This consultation aims to ensure that people share our vision for the future of this part of Greenwich, alongside offering the local community the best opportunity to understand and contribute to the ongoing design process.

The plans are at an early stage and further detail will be shared throughout the coming months. The detail of the proposals will evolve in response to feedback from the community Greenwich Council, the GLA and other stakeholders.

As you go through the exhibition, you will have the option to provide your feedback at the end of each section. We request that you share your feedback by 5th April 2021. This will allow us to review feedback to inform our design process.




Our Proposals

London Square are bringing forward proposals for the high-quality, innovative redevelopment of Millennium Retail Park, to create a new, vibrant and sustainable neighbourhood at the gateway of the Greenwich Peninsula.

The proposals will deliver much-needed new homes – including affordable housing – with a focus on the environment and wellbeing.

A conceptual sketch of the proposals including the proposed green shield at an early stage

The Site

The Site

The 5.3-hectare site includes the B&Q store and adjoining car park. Both IKEA and the Odeon neighbour the site – but these are not included in our proposals.

The site is well connected locally by public transport – including frequent buses to North Greenwich to access the Jubilee Line – and is located within a rapidly developing area.




Opportunities and constraints

Our emerging proposals will revitalise this large, under-utilised brownfield site, improve connections to existing and emerging communities nearby, as well as creating attractive new public spaces for residents and the wider community.

At the same time, our proposals will respond to the constraints presented by the site’s proximity to the Blackwall Tunnel Approach (A102) and the impacts that the noise and pollution have on the area. Our innovative response to this is outlined on the following pages.

Map of the site

Have your say!

Q1

1. Do you agree that the site is in need of redevelopment?

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Q2

2. Do you use the site regularly? If so, for what?

Context

Context

We are carefully considering the site’s relationship with existing and emerging developments in the neighbouring area.

The site neighbours the Greenwich Millennium Village Masterplan, the Greenwich Peninsula West Masterplan and Charlton Riverside. The site itself is not subject to an existing site allocation or wider masterplan, but is identified within the Greenwich Peninsula Opportunity Area and is therefore a strategic location where the Council and the GLA want to see new homes and employment opportunities. This flexibility allows our vision for the site to be informed by evolving local needs and feedback received during our consultation process.

The proposals aim to improve connections to Greenwich Millennium Village to the north of the site, as well as welcoming visitors from the south and east, to create a new sustainable neighbourhood, which benefits existing and future residents on the Greenwich Peninsula

Map of local developments in the area

Site Vision

Site Vision

A conceptual sketch of the proposals including the proposed green shield at an early stage

A New Sustainable Neighbourhood

The proposals will improve this overlooked site in an innovative way, creating a new neighbourhood that promotes residents’ health and wellbeing and connection to nature.

The proposals will replace hard, tarmacked land with soft landscaping and a sustainable neighbourhood. An innovative and environmentally friendly approach will be reflected in both the public spaces and the design and materials used for the new buildings.




The Green Shield

An initial concept of our proposals is a ‘Green Shield’; a mix of trees and planting, a living wall and the building form itself which will help protect the public spaces – including the public square – and residential gardens to the north and ensure these are healthy and safe spaces for residents to enjoy.

We envisage this running along the entire southern edge of the site to respond to the challenge presented by the noise and pollution from the Blackwall Tunnel Approach (A102). At the same time, it will create new habitats for local wildlife and will be an attractive, innovative feature of a sustainable, green development.

Concept sketch of greening




Improved connections to nature

The Green Shield forms part of our wider design approach, which incorporates nature-friendly design principles – promoting views of water, trees and greening within the new public spaces and landscaped paths.

The design also seeks to promote healthy habits, including spending time outdoors; cycling; and exercise. Protected green gardens will provide spaces for residents to relax, play and keep fit. Rooftop allotments and large communal amenity areas will help to foster community spirit and connect residents to their neighbourhood and to nature.




Improved setting for urban wildlife

Our vision for the site is to create an oasis for urban wildlife that will be connected to green spaces in the surrounding area.

An extensive green roof and landscaping strategy for the site will include the Green Shield and ecological features, such as bee-friendly planting, insect hotels and bird and bat boxes.

The development will serve as an ecological bridge between the suburban gardens of Westcombe Park and the green spaces within the Greenwich Millennium Village Ecological Park, creating a new green link in a chain of habitat spaces across Greenwich.

We are meeting with local ecology and wildlife groups and would welcome your ideas on how we can support the local environment and promote ecological diversity across the site.




Early conceputal sketches of the greenery

Early conceputal sketches of the greenery

Have your say!

Q3

3: Do you make use of local green spaces? If so, which ones?

Q4

4: What do you use your local green spaces for? (e.g. Walking, running, kids playing, meeting friends, quiet relaxation)

Q5

5: Are there good examples locally of public spaces with an attractive approach to landscaping? What is it that you like about these spaces?

Q6

6: Can you share any ideas or local organisations that are actively involved in sustainability in the local area?

New Homes

New homes

The proposals will deliver high-quality new homes – including much-needed affordable and family-sized homes – within an attractive new neighbourhood, centred around a vibrant public square.

Our award-winning architects, Assael, have extensive experience of working within the constraints of large and complex sites such as this to deliver high-quality homes and attractive neighbourhoods. Subject to planning permission, the homes will be built by London Square.

The new neighbourhood will include:

  • 1,300 - 1,400 much needed new homes

  • 35% affordable housing, which complies with both Greenwich and the GLA’s policy requirements

  • A mixture of affordable housing in line with local planning policy and local housing need. This will ensure that 70% of the affordable homes are provided as affordable rent

  • The remaining affordable homes will target households with low to middle incomes who are looking to take their first step on the housing ladder

  • Homes in a variety of sizes to accommodate new residents at all stages of their lives, including new family homes

  • Private and shared amenity spaces, including private balconies and gardens that are safe and secure

  • Dedicated play space for young children and appropriate space for older children to enjoy

  • A vibrant new public square which will be the focal point for the new neighbourhood

  • Amenity space at podium level, accessible to all new residents

Example of other London Square schemes (Top left: Charter Square; top right: Bermondsey; Bottom: Staines)

Have your say!

Q7

7: What do you think a new neighbourhood in this location needs in order to be successful?

Q8

8: What do you like about the existing neighbourhoods and what do you think could be improved on?

Q9

9: How long have you lived in the area? What attracted you to Greenwich Peninsula?

Building Design

Building design

Height

We are envisaging some taller elements; 3-4 buildings will be clustered around the central public square, creating a focal point at the heart of the site. These taller buildings will vary in height, with some at 14 storeys and some with the potential to reach a maximum of 20 storeys. This height is below other schemes in the Greenwich Pensinsula and will help create more public realm and amenity space on the ground and lower floors. The taller buildings will also provide opportunities for shared roof terraces that maximise views to the Thames.

Green and biodiverse roofs will collect rainwater, while cooling the building in summer and providing habitats for birds and insects.

Flexibility is important in allowing a long-lasting building to be adapted to the needs of future users. One of the important concepts embedded in these proposals is the ability to convert the car park to more active uses, if and when the demand for commercial car parking reduces.

Map of local developments in the area

Transport & Connections

Transport & Connections

Connecting to the local area

The proposals will fully integrate this site into the wider area, improving connections to nearby neighbourhoods and providing spaces and services that make this an attractive local destination.

The proposals will create a new pedestrian connection to Greenwich Millennium Village, encouraging people to walk between these neighbourhoods. We are also exploring options to improve wider connections in and around the site and improve the pedestrian and cycling experience.

We would welcome your views on the existing pedestrian and cycling experience in and around the retail park and we would be interested to hear your ideas about how this can be improved.

Concept sketch showing the vision for the new public high street




Sustainable travel

In line with our vision for a sustainable new neighbourhood, the proposals will promote sustainable modes of travel including walking, cycling and public transport – while acknowledging concerns about local traffic and parking provision.

The proposed residential development will be ‘car-free’, with spaces provided only for disabled residents. Residents will benefit from the site’s public transport links, including nearby Westcombe Park and North Greenwich stations and regular buses to the Greenwich Peninsula.

The proposals will also encourage cycling, with extensive secure cycle parking provided for new residents, public cycle parking for visitors and hire cycle spaces provided on the existing bus and cycle route.

Diagram showing the new transport connections the proposals will deliver




Retail car parking

The plans include the re-provision of car parking spaces for customers of IKEA and the Odeon. We are exploring options, but at the moment we envisage that the parking will be at ground floor level of the new buildings, under a landscaped podium level.

Customer vehicle access to the site will continue to be from the south, as it is now. There is not expected to be a noticeable impact on traffic flows on nearby roads, as no additional parking is proposed. The team will be undertaking a robust series of transport studies to ensure we identify the optimum solution for the site.

The new retail car park will be ‘future-proofed’, designed so as to be easily adapted to other uses as and when demand for vehicle parking falls in the future.




Have your say!

Q10

10: Do you visit the retail park currently? If so, why do you visit? (e.g. for shopping or travelling through to reach another location)

Q11

11: How do you usually travel to the site when you visit? Do you visit on foot/bike, via public transport or a private vehicle? Is there a reason you use this particular form of transport?

Q12

12: Would you be more willing to travel via sustainable methods if the site was safer and offered better connections to the local area?

Public Spaces & Amenities

Public Spaces & Amenities

New public square

A vibrant new public square will be the focal point for the new neighbourhood and will be designed to accommodate a wide variety of activities, including outdoor markets and community events. New commercial uses, including shops and restaurants, will front onto this public square

We want to work with neighbours to hear their thoughts and ideas on how we can activate this space, making it an attractive space for local people to spend time. We would welcome any ideas you have and would welcome any examples of existing public spaces, in Greenwich or across London, that you think work well.

Concept sketch showing a new public square




Commercial offer focused on local need

Around 3,000 - 4,000 sqm of new commercial space will be created around the new public square, including shops, cafés and restaurants that will benefit residents and create new employment opportunities for local people.

The commercial space will provide opportunities for new uses, such as smaller supermarkets, that are not currently available in the local area and would benefit both residents of the new development and people from other neighbourhoods.

Our approach to the commercial space will be informed by local needs and priorities. We welcome feedback from local people on what they would like to see or what they feel is currently lacking in the local area. We want to work with neighbours to identify local needs and priorities for retail and community uses, as we are aware that the current offer is limited.

Have your say!

Q13

13: Do you make use of the facilities currently located in Millennium Retail Park? If so, what do you make use of and how regularly?

Q14

14:Are there shops or retail/leisure uses missing from the local area, particularly in and around the neighbourhoods located close to the site? What types of shops, restaurants, cafés or other retailers do you think would be popular with local people on this site?

Q15

15: Thinking about the existing public spaces in the area, what do you feel a new public square would need to be attractive to local people?

Q16

16: Would you describe the retail park as family-friendly? How could a new high street and public space be made more family-friendly?

Key Benefits

Key benefits

This site presents an exciting opportunity to deliver significant local benefits, for both new and existing residents.

Next Steps

Next Steps

Thank you for taking the time to view our virtual public exhibition on our vision for Millennium Retail Park.

This is the first stage of our consultation process. We will continue to meet with local residents and groups and hold further online consultation as our proposals continue to develop.

We are eager to hear local people’s views. This consultation aims to ensure people share our vision for the future of this part of Greenwich and to give the local community an early opportunity to understand and contribute to the ongoing design process.

Once we have reviewed the feedback from this first round of consultation, we will continue to progress our plans. We will share further plans with the community later this year, prior to submitting a planning application in Autumn 2021.

On the next page you can find a summary of your answers, which can be submitted alongside your contact details.

If you are a local resident with further questions or a member of a local group that would like to arrange a meeting with the team, please get in touch with the team using the contact details provided.

You can also visit our project FAQs page.

Sketch of new pedestrian street

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