BY CANDIECE CYRUS
Greenwich Peninsula is to undergo a huge transformation under plans to change the area into a cutting-edge design district.
Developer Knight Dragon has announced it will build London’s first purpose-built design district at the heart of the peninsula, providing a permanent base of more than 1,800 affordable workshops for London’s artists from early 2020.
The district will provide affordable art workshops in London. It will be used by creative businesses in the areas of design, art, technology, food, craft and digital who are looking to trade, interact and grow. It is hoped it will also put Greenwich on the map as a cultural destination for London and boost its creative economy.
It is part of the wider 20-year plan to transform Greenwich Peninsula into a new hub for the capital. It will provide 15,720 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods, schools, offices, health services and public spaces along a 1.6-mile stretch of the River Thames.
North Greenwich Tube station will be renamed Greenwich Peninsula. The site, which will span one-hectare, will not only house workshops and studios, but courtyards at its centre, a public square and a pedestrianised quarter with a transparent market hall. There will also be rooftop terraces, a basketball court and retail design studios with rotating artwork from the district on display.
Richard Margree, chief executive of Knight Dragon, said: “Creativity is what drives forward any thriving city. “The peninsula presents a unique chance to create a new permanent district designed by creatives for creatives.
“At the very centre of this new community will be artists mixing with start-ups, mixing with independent market traders and design companies, large and small.
“Everyone is welcome. We want a real mix of companies to come and take over the place.”
In an effort to combine and contrast a variety of architectural styles, eight up-and-coming architectural practices were chosen from across Europe to create inexpensive, human-scaled workplaces.
The practices are: 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barozzi Veiga, SelgasCano, Assemblage, Adam Kahn Architects and David Kohn Architects.