Boo!

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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6 Comments to “Boo!”

  1. Franklin says:

    The bridge across the Creek is indeed going ahead – and it’s the lovely swing bridge version rather than the lumpen fixed bridge originally proposed – although the developers are taking the mick by trying to ‘tie’ it to getting permission for another 22 flats.

    The planning application can be found here:

    http://publicaccess.royalgreenwich.gov.uk:81/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_GRNW_DCAPR_70806

    I plan to support the bridge design but object to the additional flats: the developers have a S106 obligation to build the bridge, and claiming that they can’t afford to do so without the extra flats is really just pathetically transparent greed. Would strongly urge all local residents to read the planning application and make their views known.

  2. Rob says:

    Speaking of faded Greenwich the carpets sign above the bike shop on Woolwich Rd that you featured a week or two ago now has a to let sign as a potential advertising site. So that’ll be one more bit of our past vandalised…

  3. Old China says:

    That part of Greenwich is changing massively. I hope the Thames Pub survives and becomes a great local for the residents of the new flats. Amazing that it wasn’t pulled down years ago, really.

  4. Paul says:

    it is a lovely pub, and the fact it’s survived so far has to be in its favour.

    It is also a pub that once had a view onto the Thames; a mark of how un-neighbourly the development is, to block off any glimpses of the water.

    Funny how developers sell their apartments with photos of the area’s heritage – then do so much to ruin it.

  5. tallgables says:

    I cycled past this pub on Sunday and “Rose & Crown” is written right at the top on the back of the building.

  6. Eeyore says:

    I’d actually dispute the ‘pong’ bit. I think that is well and truly on the way out what with Tate & Lyle/Amylum, etc. being some time gone now!