The Royal Borough Greenwich’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for plans to deliver 1,500 new homes and employment space at U+I’s Modern Wharf on Greenwich Peninsula, London
Designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Morden Wharf will deliver a mixed-use scheme including 1,500 homes in 12 tenure-blind residential buildings.
It will also provide more than six acres of public realm including a 4-acre landscaped park opening up more than 275m of Thames riverfront that includes a river beach.
A number of the residential buildings will feature vertical green façades that will help to provide natural screening and improve air quality.
Design inspired by the site’s history
Modern Wharf’s landscape design is inspired by the site’s history as marshland and will add a significant new ecological resource to the area.
The scheme also includes a significant upgrade of the Thames Path, increasing its width to 6m for both pedestrians and cyclists.
The open spaces at Morden Wharf will include play and recreation space designed for all age groups, amounting roughly to three-and-a-half football pitches, helping to address the existing deficit of open space in the area.
A new public square that will host seasonal events and markets will be laid out where the Thames Path meets Sea Witch Lane.
U+I’s plans will also deliver a mix of commercial and employment uses that will create around 700 new permanent jobs.
Over 2,400 construction jobs will also be generated over the course of the development programme.
Morden Wharf is expected to contribute £42m per year in socio-economic value to the local economy.