Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18
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Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

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4.46 Rating (based on 13 reviews) 13 reviews

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4.23
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4.31
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Evangelina Hogan Property Pro

Berkeley has once again excelled with Royal Arsenal Riverside, as the architecture, atmosphere and style are all of the highest quality

Along with many Londoners, I was unaware of Woolwich and its location prior to my first visit. However, with its 40-minute journey to Bank, the buzz of the local high street and the historic rebirth of Royal Arsenal, it is safe to say I was impressed.

Berkeley started construction on Royal Arsenal Riverside back in 2000; they are currently halfway through the project with the completion estimated to be 2030. Once completed, the site will host 5,000 new homes, along with shops, restaurants, offices, medical practices and other health facilities. Despite all the buildings being recently constructed I felt like I was walking through time, as the architecture of each building reflects a different moment in history and heritage. I love the mixture, from the modern riverside apartments of The Waterfront Collection to the Grade II-listed Royal Pavilions. We all know Berkeley’s exceptional attention to quality, and Royal Arsenal is no different, from the impeccable flower beds through to its divine interiors.

Woolwich is currently a hidden gem, but soon it will be advertised as a cultural hub, moments from the City and Canary Wharf. It currently takes 20 minutes to each Canary Wharf, but in the very near future Crossrail will cut commutes by half, and make Royal Arsenal the only development to have a Crossrail station onsite! Additionally, the upcoming 31 million-pound Creative District, a joint venture with Greenwich council, is set to rival the likes of South Bank, so yet another reason to invest in Royal Arsenal Riverside. The future is certainly bright and I will continue to enjoy watching this area transform into a distinguished and unique destination in its own right.

Boat, train, foot or air, all transport methods are available in Woolwich. The Thames Clipper goes to Westminster, the National Rail and DLR connections get you to places like London Bridge, Bank and Stratford, and London City Airport is easily accessible, for when jetting out of London! Well-connected is an understatement for Woolwich.

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Looking for riverside tranquility or town centre buzz? What I love about Royal Arsenal is you don’t need to decide as both are available! Enjoy Friday evening drinks in the popular Dial Arch and then on Saturday morning run along the Thames Path, before enjoying brunch in Boulangerie Jade, all within walking distance of one another! This site appeals to all demographics as it offers a wide variety of amenities, including fine dining (try Con Gusto), local medical practices, fortnightly farmers’ markets and a recording studio and museum. There’s also a new and very luxurious Waterside Club that is available to selective buildings too, providing all residents need after a long day of work in the city. I for one, will never tire of the diverse atmosphere Royal Arsenal offers.

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Love my new area and flat – very cosy and homely. I feel very safe

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The works going on around our property is a pain but travel links are amazing from Woolwich Arsenal

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That the cross rail was going to be delayed

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Good build

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Good build quality. Windows are double glazed so noise from road is minimal. Bathrooms are finished to a high standard. Built in wardrobes are excellent. There is a lot of building work still going on, so it’s not a finished area. But there are still cafes and pubs in the area which are very nice.

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Far from central London, but cross rail will make it faster (when it eventually opens!)

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Parking under the building is not guaranteed – it’s full at the moment

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Concierge, new development, lagoon, water feature

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Royal Arsenal – new development of over 3,000 apartments in Woolwich Arsenal. Buildings vary in terms of size, architecture and style. Building 50 made up of 6 floors plus penthouses, enclosing a lagoon with water features in the centre. Building 50 ten minutes walk from concierge and tesco. A much more modern building than some of the traditional arsenal and gunnery buildings that keep traditional brickwork.

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Royal Arsenal is an up and coming development close to Woolwich Arsenal station. Set inside old arsenal and gunnery walls, next to river. Short walk to Woolwich Arsenal town centre which has lots of thriving retail stores, however crime is very prevalent in this area and has an unsafe feeling. Inside royal arsenal you feel safe however.

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District heating service instead of gas bills. Extortionate standing charges even if you’re not using heating or hot water. Apparently all new builds will have this now. Would also be great if crossrail wasn’t 9 months behind development.

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Royal Arsenal

Essentially a nice and quiet place to live. Still growing. Well connected, with Crossrail opening in the next year.

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Good: well connected (overground, dlr, busses, cross rail coming). Bad: far too many new buildings going up. Petty crime is on the increase. I still like living here, though.

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I wish I’d known about the future building plans.

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Places like this should hopefully give Woolwich a much needed boost

Kept well informed by site managers although trying to get them to respond to individual queries is a nightmare. The development is always clean and feels very safe. The concierge is a huge benefit. service charge is pricey

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Has everything I need in close proximity/you can remain anonymous here still i.e. not full of nosey neighbours!/gets rougher as you venture into the town centre

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Annoyed that crossrail won’t be open for another year!

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History meets luxury.

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Historical and luxurious. New building flats are amazing. Woolwich high street can be improved as well as town but royal arsenal area is great.

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Shops are decent and pubs are good. Plenty of food shops.

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Take away is scarce and hard to come by.

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A luxury line-up of amenities in this historic riverside location

The former site of the Royal Arsenal development on the border of Woolwich Town centre has quite a history. Dating back to 1671, it used to be a munitions factory – hence its name – and the combined forces of Berkeley Group along with Allies and Morrison Architects have ensured that it incorporates a blend of converted and new-build properties that blend seamlessly into the urban landscape. The complex is set within an 88-acre plot that includes 1km of river walk that will appeal to nature lovers, and is peppered with landscaped courtyards and piazzas designed by landscape architects, Gillespies. Along with its riverside address, residents can also expect the arrival of an onsite Crossrail station from 2019. These factors, combined with the sympathetic mix of renovated Grade I and II-listed buildings with brand-new apartment units and an array of luxury facilities, means that this development won’t be short of interested buyers, even at a cost of around £834 per square foot (the average for SE18 is £475).

There are National Rail and DLR stations a mere 300 metres from Royal Arsenal, with commuting times at around 14 minutes to Greenwich, 19 minutes to Canary Wharf, 23 minutes to London Bridge and 29 minutes to Charing Cross. International travellers will be able to reach London City Airport in just 7 minutes. As previously mentioned, an onsite Crossrail station from 2019 will drastically cut journey times across the capital – for example, Canary Wharf will be reached in 8 minutes, Liverpool Street in 14 minutes and Heathrow Airport in 50 minutes. Of course, being situated on the river means there are alternative forms of transport – the Thames Clipper riverboat service can whisk you from Woolwich Arsenal Pier to the likes of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and London Bridge for a more scenic journey to work. Residents won’t be short of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities on their doorstep and, once Crossrail is in place, areas like Canary Wharf and the West End of London will be within easy reach, giving them even more choice of activities during evenings and weekends. Families in particular will enjoy the abundance of open space and parks, including the lawns and formal gardens of Wellington Park and the forthcoming four-acre Maribor Park, not to mention the 1km of riverside walks.

Where the development really excels is in its line-up of amenities. The Waterside Club is health and well-being centre located within Pavilion Square, featuring a residents-only spa, 20-metre swimming pool, a 7R gym and cinema room. Elsewhere on site there’s a Premier Inn, Marks & Spencer, doctor’s surgery, dentists, pharmacy and nursery, as well as gastropubs and cafés for socialising with friends and fellow residents. A 24-hour concierge will take care of any daily tasks like receiving parcels, arranging general household maintenance, and booking travel or entertainment tickets. The interiors within Royal Arsenal are sleek and contemporary, if a little on the greige side – they need an injection of warmth and personality. Kitchens include composite stone worktops, a stainless steel sink with chrome Monobloc mixer tap, frameless ceramic glass hob and a matt timber effect on the cupboard units. In the bathrooms you can expect tiled flooring, a fitted vanity unit with shelf and plinth lighting and a thermostatically controlled electric towel rail. Storage can be found in the form of fitted wardrobes with mirrored sliding doors in the bedrooms.

Buyers should also look at Callis Yard and Wellington Quarter in this area.

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We are hoping to buy at Royal Arsenal

We are hoping we can buy at Royal Arsenal and are attending the first time buyers event in a few weeks. I think it is great that they are holding these events to support first time buyers and all the questions we have as well as opportunities like help to buy. We hope as we live nearby we will qualify for the local resident scheme which means we can make our finances work.

The apartments look beautiful and the transport locations are already brilliant and will only improve with cross rail and the new facilities being completed. The flat we are interested in won’t be available until 2019.

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so much to do so little time – home

The farmers market is amazing, never miss it. Have pizza at The Taproom, the best. Win the Dial Arch Quiz, you wish. There are weird people in the 24 hour gym at 5 am

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