Greenwich Swing Bridge…

…is finally going to happen. I was delighted to hear the news from IanVisits (if you haven’t signed up for his weekly newsletter, DO IT NOW) who keeps his eye on all sorts of interesting places, not least the PLA. And when the PLA tell ships that work is going to begin on something, you know it’s true.

There’s been all sorts of muttering over the years about whether this would actually ever happen. It was originally a Section 106 agreement which would be just brilliant for anyone who wants to use the Thames Path. No slogging it round Norway street and trudging through Creek Road, just a straight walk across the bridge.

Then a new developer took over and it was feared that the bridge might accidentally get lost along the way. And for a while there was a plan for a fixed, rather ugly and very high bridge instead. But a swing bridge has won the day (maybe Waitrose, seeing more potential business from across the water, used a bit of pressure there, who knows) and work begins on the 11th Feb and will go on for 9 months. A long while, but that area’s been a building site for yonks anyway and this is something the whole community will benefit from.

Okay – I know that’s alright for me to go on about in the East – but believe me we have our own disruption from development and it’s rarely on anything like so positive a project.

Something I did learn this morning that I didn’t know, was that that wharf is called Granophast Wharf. What a wild name – I’ve never heard it before. Must look that one up…

8 Comments to “Greenwich Swing Bridge…”

  1. Mary says:

    I think that the name relates to the building material which was made there latterly. Otherwise – trust me – it is another old gas works site (Phoenix Gas Co. 1806 – happy to give lots of details). Somewhere I have a picture I took in the 1980s of a gas holder tank still on site, being used to store aggregate.

  2. Mary says:

    sorry – 1826 -

  3. Jon says:

    Some (very) quick reseach suggests Granophast was a product similar to tarmac. Which makes sense (especially if the rock base was granite – see what they’ve done there?) as it was used by BQC Ltd – British Quarrying Co. That company was dissolved in 2005 but, by a tortuous route of sales and aquisitions, whatever is left of it is now owned by Hanson.

  4. If anyone wants to see what it’s going to look like, I blogged about it last year.

  5. Thanks, DD – you make a vaild point at the end, of course.

  6. Jeff Lemons says:

    And there I was thinking “Swing Bridge” was a game along similar principals to “Strip Poker”…

  7. John Phillips says:

    I was given to understand by the late Barry Mason that Waitrose insisted on having a bridge installed as part of their contract agreeing to open a store on the site. There are after all a lot of high-end potential customers to the west of the creek. Money talks and in this case it seems to have talked rather well.

  8. Jack Cross says:

    John -
    Did Waitrose pay for, or contribute to the cost of, the bridge then?