Planning application for temporary Greenwich Market submitted

Greenwich's covered market is due to be rebuilt. The case for redevelopment is a little weak and there are some very valid concerns about the specifics of the plans, but one thing's for sure, it is not going to be a "Bluewater-like" development.

A few months back, the Greenwich Phantom provided a more nuanced analysis of the proposals:

"Much of the content of the proposal is tolerable - and some of it's even okay... the loss of those Edwardian buildings in Durnford Street so that they have extra rubbish-bin space is hardly a great excuse to demolish history and the removal of the classic cobblestones in favour of bog-standard paving is an unacceptable part of the deal."

For the project to go ahead, the market needs to be relocated, so here's the press release from Greenwich Hospital about those plans:

Greenwich Hospital, the naval charity, has this week submitted a detailed planning application for a temporary market within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) which would operate for the two year period between January 2010 and December 2011 whilst the regeneration of Greenwich Market takes place.

Commenting today Martin Sands, Director of Greenwich Hospital said:

“I am delighted that after extensive stakeholder and community consultation Greenwich Hospital has been able to submit plans to Greenwich Council for the temporary market within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College."

Subject to gaining planning consent from Greenwich Council, and scheduled ancient monument consent from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport; Greenwich Hospital intends to commence development work on the market regeneration in January 2010 and finish late 2011, with the hotel and market opening in early 2012. During the two year construction period the market will operate on Monument Gardens, an area of ground in front of the Pepys building and next to the Cutty Sark.

Greenwich Hospital very much appreciates the help that the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College has given to enable us to find a good solution for the temporary market.”

Commenting today, Nick Raynsford, MP said:

“Finding a home for Greenwich Market during any construction period has been a fundamental part of bringing forward plans for the market regeneration. I am delighted that Greenwich Hospital has been able to agree with the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College a site within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for a temporary market whilst the regeneration takes place. ”


Anonymous said...

I wish Raynsford would shut his cake-hole on this. He's meant to represent his constituents on this, not try to influence them.

Comment said...

That word 'regeneration' again. It used to be associated with positive improvement in my mind, now it's more associated with the cookie cutter imposition of arbitrary modern aesthetics for the financial gain of those pushing for it.

spincat said...

well said

tyrwhitt michael said...

As those of you who know me will realise, I am usually an advocate for modern architecture.

I have to say however the aerial view of the proposed redevelopment that I have seen, is in my opinion - pants.

Subjective view I know, but there you are. Far too much glass and metal won't weather well and will always look dirty.

max said...

I didnt see the plans but, but, frankly, it's an historic site, just by a world heritage site, it's wonderful and should be preserved as is.
It's part of the best bit of South East London and anyone thinking to have some now development on the site should have his brain checked.

Prince Charles we need you here, we need you now!

Anonymous said...

There's plenty of room to make some kind of development in the (new) market (now closed).

As someone else said, this is just developers trying it on again.

I don't oppose modern architecture, I just oppose it when it's used an an excuse for doing something unnecessary (and purely for profit) and against the interest of the people who live locally and have to suffer it for years to come.

The 'democratic process' that 'Lord' Rogers was extolling last week and claiming that the PoW had undermined is rubbish. The democratic process doesn't exist in developer land. (Not that I want neo-classical stuff that the PoW may approve of though...)

Comment said...

Here's a link from the Greenwich consultation.

There's so much going on in this borough, it's hard to keep up with goings on elsewhere. It's worth reading because as we all know Gilligan is Mr Sensationalist, even if the desire was there I doubt it's possible to Bluewaterise that market space, mind you the bit near the DLR is pretty sterile and Bluewatery so maybe he's not exaggerating in his fears.

Anonymous said...

looks like another one right up catmans street:)...

Ploomie said...

I"m not blown away with the images (which are hard to find on the website) of the proposals. It's boring and will date quickly. Aside from a little bit of extra retail space, I don't see what really adds to place.

It seems to be going the way of Camden which is now a terrible market. I used to like the antiques part there, but like greenwich this now seems to have swept away. Before long I expect everything will be overpriced with endless stalls all selling either zip bags or earings made form amber.


Anonymous said...

This is about retail space and money. Where are the designs? Why did they have to change it? What will it look like? Why why why?

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