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.
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.
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
The developer really thought about light, I love the fact some of the windows go all the way to the floor and you get the full view outside inside. My boyfriend and I sometimes just sit inside looking out and forgetting to watch the tv! We love Woolwich and have used the farmers market and visit lots of the old and many new events happening locally. This doesn’t feel like a faceless development and you will see a really growing community
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
Commute by boat! I was looking at different options before moving in and had never contemplated the clipper – so easy!
When will the Waterside Club open this year? Keep getting told this year but would love it sooner rather than December!