Blimey. I don’t know – nothing’s going on for years, you turn your back for a couple of months and wham! There’s an entire new estate gone up. I hadn’t been around New Capital Quay area for a while until Jeremy sent me a bunch of pics and told me I really needed to see just how fast the whole thing’s happening now – last I saw of this thing, it was a shell. When I went yesterday, it looked like – well – like Jeremy’s pic (without the sun of course – where’s that gone?) Not totally sure I love it but boy it’s been chucked up fast.
I guess what’s made this company so fast is that the last guys did all the really hard work – the clearing and the foundations which go down really deep and are surrounded by water. That was all going on when the bottom had fallen out of Britain – the rest of us might still be in recession but judging by the way Greenwich is reaching for the skies, the developers seem to be doing fine now.
Eight hundred and fifty flats going here, apparently. Not sure quite how, presumably most of ‘em are teeny except for a couple of penthouses at the top. Still, at least they’ll be able to buy posh groceries – Waitrose is on its way:
In general I am reasonably pleased that this is happening at last. It’s been a corner of Greenwich that’s been a bit of a mess. I’d have preferred something a little more interesting but hey – something finished will always be better than a building site.
I didn’t have time to check whether they’re actually doing that bridge to link the two bits of the Thames Path – I bloomin’ hope so – that will make the whole thing much more accessible and not just for nosey Phantoms, for people who live there. Maybe with the added footfall that would bring, places like Wood Wharf won’t be so cut off and if someone wanted to make a nice restaurant (rather than a dodgy nightclub) there it will actually have some passing trade rather than being a slightly creepy cul-de-sac.
Talking of watering holes, I wonder what will become of the old Thames Pub (which, if memory serves, was once actually yet another Rose & Crown?) I have always cherished a little dream that someone will take it over and turn it into a sort of other-side-ofthe-Creek Dog & Bell. I am sure with 850 new flats – not to mention the scores of others on the ‘other side’ a decent pub selling decent beer would be welcomed. I just hope it’s not going for even more apartments. The worst thing that could happen would be its demolition for a new block. We have precious little ‘Old Greenwich’ left round there. I am still mourning the unnecessary loss of that little bit of Faded Greenwich we lost a year or so ago, just up the street. Don’t these developers realise that a lot of people come to Greenwich precisely for its quirkiness?
One thing, however will never change. However posh those apartments, however cool the view, however convenient the upmarket superstore, the peninsula will always have one thing – one hell of a pong…
Wonder if they’re carefully arranging viewing times for prospective tenents…
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