New Plans For Stockwell Street…

…but how different will they be from the last effort Heneghan Peng came up with for Greenwich University’s new School of architecture on the site of the old Market?

They say they’ve submitted these plans after ” a comprehensive programme of public consultation, in which the views and ideas of local people and organisations made an important contribution to the development of the design.” I bloomin’ hope so.

My problem with the first set of plans was that it was neither fish nor foul – ┬ánot daring, innovative or, frankly, cool enough to please modernists, not traditional enough to please people for whom anything short of Palladian will do. It was boxy and bland and – well, a bit grey, really. I had hoped for more from a place that will be teaching the architects of tomorrow how to do it.

We can only wait and see, but, as is usual with this kind of thing, it will be a blink-and-you’ll miss it affair. ┬áHere are the details for the public exhibition:

Wednesday 23 February to Friday 25 February 2011: 11.30am to 7.30pm
Saturday 26 February: 10am to 4pm

University staff, architects and other professionals will be available to answer questions from 5pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 24 and Friday 25, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 26.

Venue: University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus, Room 015, Ground Floor, Queen Mary Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9LS

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3 Comments to “New Plans For Stockwell Street…”

  1. Fogey says:

    Its very hard to tell from the University’s website–is the thing pictured the old scheme, or the “revised” one? It certainly does not look much different.
    Unless the University has taken on board residents’ demands for some public open space in the scheme, they will be letting this increasingly beseiged community down very badly. They must also improve dramatically on the mediocre and uninspired original design, worthy perhaps of a call-centre in the middle of nowhere, but not for a key site in the midst of architectural wonders. I fear the worst.

  2. Nathalie says:

    Does anyone know at what stage this development is at? I imagined that the University would have to go through the entire planning application process with the council as it is a new development. Is this right?

    Do we still have time to raise our objections? And hopefully secure a reasonably sized antiques market and public space within the site.

    Any advice on this would be appreciated…

  3. Liam says:

    @Nathalie Baring in mind that the buildings are meant to be for not only the Architecture school (the current building at Avery Hill is pretty much rotting away), but also the new University library (due to no longer being able to expand in the Dreadnought building due to its listed status), there is no way there will be room for a new market space, except for maybe in the exhibition space mentioned in the press release.

    I’m not going to say anything about the design as I’m not an architect, and I won’t be here when the building is finished as I’ll be graduated by then. But as someone who has lived in this area all my life and also been a University of Greenwich student for the past five years, I will say that the students desperately need these facilities to be built.
    Our current library is nowhere near able to accommodate all the students on our campus, with some having to travel to Avery Hill and even to our Medway campus in Chatham on occasion to find a book for their course because there was no space to have a copy at Greenwich.
    As for the Architecture building, I’m not sure how the one in Avery Hill hasn’t collapsed yet. It is in a terrible state of disrepair, with studio rooms shoved into areas the size of small box offices, completely unfit for purpose. It would cost them more to repair that building than build a new one, and doubling the new building as a library means they can finally expand the facilities to be able to meet the increasing intake of the uni.

    I’m sure most of you won’t like this comment, but I’m just saying from a student’s point of view, it is needed. And from a local’s point of view, I’m quite happy that the Uni is wanting to redevelop that site, especially if they are willing to include a public area, exhibition space, gallery and a cafe for anyone to use (Though I’m slightly annoyed that cafe won’t be run by the SU as our current one at the library will close down if this all happens)

    Anyway, thats my two cents