The developers of Enderby Wharf have submitted a revised planning application (plans approved August 2015) to Royal Borough of Greenwich with more ambitious plans for Enderby Place, the northern part of the development, which would provide a greatly expanded international cruise liner terminal and a significant uplift in the number of residential units.
The development is a partnership between Westcourt Real Estate, Barratt Developments and other investors. The developers aim to create an enlarged and fit-for-purpose terminal facility that they hope will turn the site into a destination for visitors and local residents. New plans seek to better integrate the proposals into the wider Enderby Wharf development and surrounding area, where a number of other new developments are taking shape, including The Telegraph Works and The River Gardens (at Lovell’s Wharf), in addition to the proposed Enderby Wharf scheme.
This post will focus on residential and public space aspects of the new plans. A post to follow will look in detail at the onshore and offshore elements of the cruise terminal.
Enderby Wharf is a new development on the southwest of the Greenwich Peninsula on the historic industrial site where the first Transatlantic telegraph cable was built. 'Enderby Place' refers to the northern section of the site, for which a revised application (15/0973/F) was submitted by bptw Partnership in March 2015. The new plans were drawn up by architects Manser Practice, who previously worked on the Ocean Cruise Terminal in Southampton and the Piers at the Tower of London, Westminster and Blackfriars. The new proposals for Enderby Place build on previous plans drawn up by HLM Architects, granted for the wider Enderby Wharf regeneration scheme in 2012 (10/3063/F) and amended in 2014 (13/3025/MA). To review the proposals in detail, click here and search for appropriate reference.
The new 2015 proposals for Enderby Place aim to deliver:
The erection of a cruise liner terminal building, skills academy, 477 residential units (increasing from 93), retail, restaurants and cafes and drinking establishments, vehicular access with associated servicing facilities, car parking, landscaping, public realm (including improvements to the Thames Path), play spaces, infrastructure and associated parking.
Below are photos showing construction progress at Enderby Wharf (south of the future Enderby Place development), up to June 2016 (more photos on Flickr).
A 251-room four-star hotel at Enderby Place, approved in 2012, has been scrapped in the latest proposals and is replaced by new homes which the developers state will fund more ambitious plans for the cruise terminal. A published study concludes that the hotel accommodation is no longer viable, as it is not located close to a key connecting transport hub and lies between the main hotel markets of Maritime Greenwich and The O2 where additional hotels are in the pipeline. Plans for a 100-room hotel were earlier scrapped at The River Gardens development south of Enderby Wharf, while a new 47-room ibis Styles Hotel is currently under construction off Tunnel Avenue.
Two new residential buildings (Terminal Blocks Y & Z) are proposed, along with altered plans for Block A. The three buildings will form a cluster of towers stepping back from the riverfront and mark the location of the new cruise terminal and public park.
The proposals would see Terminal Block Y rise 21 floors (81m) and house 113 units, while Terminal Block Z would rise 29 floors (105m) and house 150 units. The elevation of Block A, which will house 214 units in total, will be split - rising to 9 stories at its north end and 26 stories at its south end. Block A, which already has planning permission for 93 residential units under the 2014 planning permission, is proposed for an additional 121 additional units.
The Terminal development is now being overseen by Westcourt Real Estate (no association to West Properties, who were previously involved in the site) in association with investors who are participating via ownership and funding entities: Enderby Riverside Ltd in relation to the Terminal building and Enderby Isle Limited in relation to residential Blocks Y & Z.
Block A is to be developed by Barratt Developments, who are developing the rest of the wider Enderby Wharf development on behalf of ownership and funding entity, Enderby Wharf LL. This consists of eight blocks (B-H) of varied heights, the tallest of which will rise to 14 stories and the smallest (near Christchurch Way) just three stories.
Tall buildings have been approved elsewhere on the Greenwich Peninsula, including those already under construction on the east riverside, including Knight Dragon's 31 storey residential tower The Waterman and 23 storey The Lighterman. Proposals for buildings of up to 40 stories are being considered for the area surrounding North Greenwich Underground and Bus stations.
The former use of Enderby Wharf as the site of the manufacture of the Atlantic Telegraph cable has provided inspiration for the selection of materials and details of the design:
A bronze-coloured, expanded metal mesh will clad the westerly two buildings (Terminal Blocks Y and Z). The opening of the mesh will increase towards the top, providing an increasingly looser and lighter weave towards the summit of the buildings. At roof level, the mesh will be extend upwards to conceal the plant and to give a feathered appearance to the building tops. A slightly different tone of bronze-coloured mesh will be used to distinguish Blocks Z and Y and to make them identifiable as separate, but related buildings on the skyline.
The design of Block A incorporates a combination of dark brickwork and bronze perforated panels; both of which are intended to express the components of transatlantic telegraph cables.
The developer outlines new plans to expand the capacity of the Cruise Terminal, increasing it's size onshore by some 80%. In order to do so, they propose a significant uplift in the 'enabling residential units' that will make the development viable.
The residential element of earlier plans, some of which is already currently under construction, consists of 770 homes and of these 154 are designated affordable housing (that is, 20% across the whole Enderby Wharf site).
The new proposals increase the number of residential units at Enderby Place by 384 units, from 93 to 477 units. Of these 477 units, 402 are allocated as private market tenure and 75 affordable homes (47 intermediate and 28 social rented), which represents 16% affordable homes across the Enderby Place site.
The affordable homes allocation remains located entirely within Block A, for which previous plans approved 93 affordable homes (26 intermediate, 67 social rent). The new proposals, therefore, effectively reallocate 21 social homes to intermediate tenure - and scrap another 39 social homes. The remaining allocation of affordable homes across the wider Enderby Wharf development remains the same, distributed across blocks B, F, G and H, and will be promoted and managed by L&Q Housing Association. The developer states that L&Q has agreed to the above changes.
Enderby Wharf as a whole will, if revised plans for Enderby Place on the north of the site are approved, deliver a total of 1154 homes (a number roughly comparable to Knight Dragon's Upper Riverside development adjacent to The O2). The total the allocation of 203 affordable homes will represent 18% of the entire site.
The developer remains committed to delivering the regeneration of Enderby Wharf in two distinct phases, with completion of the Cruise Terminal within the first phase of regeneration.
The 2014 planning permission has been implemented and construction has begun on the first phase of this development including Block D, G, H, F and C. Blocks D & G, which are the first blocks to be completed, are due for occupation mid-2015. Construction has yet to begin on Block B, which lies within Phase 2 of the development.
The proposed development would provide a new public square surrounding Enderby House and a publicly accessible Enderby Place Gardens at podium level above the Terminal. The Boulevard runs from Enderby House to meet Telegraph Avenue to the east, which lies north of the Telegraph Works. A complete landscaping plan aims to link with the entire regeneration of Enderby Wharf and beyond, with a focus on Christchurch Way and Thames Path. A new staircase and lift will lead off the Thames Path up to the public space and viewing point above the Terminal.
New plans for Enderby Place readdress the landscape surrounding Enderby House, which is to be enlarged and refurbished and opened as a restaurant.
Together with the expanded Terminal, the new open spaces and kiosks around Enderby House aim to create a thriving destination for residents and visitors alike.
INSTITUTIONS AND RETAIL SPACE
The creation of a new spaces fronted by kiosks, shops, cafes and office accommodation is aimed at residents living in the local area and using facilities such as the Thames Clippers service which is to call at the new Terminal. Revised plans include, in total, 635m² non-residential institutions and 121m² of retail space. The local authority is to deliver a skills academy at Enderby Wharf, housed on the ground floor of Block A, alongside a specialist training provider as part of the Royal boroughs academies at Kidbrooke, Charlton and Shooters Hill.
The plans below compare the approved 2012 (amended 2014) scheme and newly proposed 2015 scheme within the whole Enderby Wharf development. Recent plans show an enlarged Cruise Terminal, the removal of the hotel and the relatively small footprints of Blocks X and Y resting at podium level. Recent plans also show more pedestrianised areas, though much of it at podium level, as coaches and service traffic related to the Terminal is routed inside the building.
Earlier plans incorporated an acoustic barrier to the north of the site, in order to shield the site from industrial noise, however the factory complex to the north has since been demolished, enabling greater flexibility in the revised design.
Objections have been raised by some parties, including East Greenwich Residents' Association (EGRA) who consider the revised proposals to constitute an over-development of the site. EGRA estimate that the income from the additional residential units (i.e. a total of 263 private tenure units in Blocks Y & Z) will greatly exceed the capital required to fund the expanded Terminal. The overall reduction in affordable homes, and their the concentration within one building (Block A) at Enderby Place, may not help to create a cohesive and sustainable neighbourhood. EGRA note that the proposals would see the density of the Enderby Place site increase to 818 habitable rooms per hectare, which is above the maximum of 700 rooms recommended in The London Plan.
Immediately north of the Enderby Place site lies Tunnel Glucose Wharf, a safeguarded wharf, which has not been operational since 1996 and is earmarked as part of the Morden Wharf development by Development Securities and Cathedral Group, since merged and renamed U and I Group.
To the east of the site lies the remaining operational part of the Alcatel works, which has recently been granted planning permission for the consolidation of the Alcatel operations within a new factory complex and the provision of 272 residential units at the Telegraph Works.
South of Enderby Wharf scheme is the The River Gardens on the site of Lovell’s Wharf. Planning permission was granted in 2007 for mixed-use redevelopment comprising 667 residential units, offices, a hotel, and various retail and community facilities. Most of the units from the original planning permission have been completed. A subsequent planning permission was granted for the northern part of this site to include an additional 157 units and the loss of the hotel provision.