Covering 60 hectares of mostly former industrial wasteland in Greenwich, south London, Greenwich Peninsula is an emerging community for 34,000 people. Twice the size of London’s Soho district, Britain’s largest regeneration scheme has an advantage over many other place-making projects because it already has a famous landmark, the Richard Rogersdesigned O2 Arena.
Hong Kong developer Knight Dragon is building a 24-metretall galleria with a “winter garden” as a focal point for this community. Visitors arriving via the London Underground will emerge from a new station into 1.4 million square feet of public amenities, including a theatre, cinema, bars, shops, a wellbeing hub and a new bus station all under a single glass roof.
In addition to 15,720 homes, almost 20 hectares of green space and 3.5 million square feet of shops, the development will have an orchard and beehives to provide produce for a restaurant. An art gallery, amphitheatre, golf driving range and ecology park will feature, too.
Greenwich Peninsula’s first homes will be completed at No 1 and No 2 Upper Riverside by 2019, where 280 apartments are being built in phases. Upper Riverside residents will have access to their own 15th floor private members’ club with wellness facilities. The development’s most expensive apartment is a three-bedroom duplex penthouse, on sale for £2.1 million.
Time to Shine Clockwise from top: Greenwich shakes off its industrial past; luxury living right on the Thames; the O2 Arena is a ready-made landmark