Royal Arsenal Woolwich
The Royal Arsenal is an important historic site of over 34 hectares, comprising of one of the largest collections of listed buildings in the country. HFBT Director Kevin Burrell led the consultant team for the client English Partnerships/London Development Agency for the regeneration of the site. The Royal Arsenal regeneration has become an exemplar of regeneration of inner city opportunity areas and is cited by the government as the most successful example to date. The infrastructure, restoration and development works are complete, and the regeneration benefits are starting to be felt in the rest of Woolwich. The planning aspects of the scheme have included steering the main outline application through the development control process; this has involved section 106 negotiations, the submission of an Environmental Statement and Transport Impact Assessments. The master plan was a flexible framework which developed as market demands have reshaped the disposition of uses on site. Considerable physical work was undertaken including extensive remediation, archaeological investigations, remodelling of the roads and infrastructure, as well as preparing the site to attract commercial sector developers. The Masterplan was taken through to implementation with the completion of the infra structure contracts and the refurbishment of a number of buildings on the site. The first phases of new homes are occupied and the regeneration is now well underway.