The first homes to be constructed above a new Crossrail station have been completed by Berkeley Homes in Woolwich at Royal Arsenal.
More than a thousand homes will be constructed above the new Crossrail station in Woolwich as part of two separate developments at Royal Arsenal Riverside; one by Berkley Homes and another by Crossrail.
Berkeley Homes’ Cannon Square scheme, located over the eastern end of the station, comprises 631 apartments over five buildings. It is part of the ongoing regeneration of the former munitions factory into a mixed-use riverside development, spanning 88 acres. 90 per cent of the apartments released so far have been sold, with 121 homes now finished.
Crossrail has also received planning permission for a major residential development, to be known as Armourer’s Court, on the western end of the station. Nearly 400 homes, spanning 490,000 sq ft, will be created in five buildings of varying heights set around a landscaped garden.
The new Crossrail station, including the 250m long platforms, lift shafts, and the floor slabs, is nearing structural completion. From early next year, the fit-out of the station will begin, including escalators, wall cladding and electrical systems, to turn the structure into a fully operating station. The station box is 18m deep, 26m wide and 256m long – the tallest building in Canary Wharf, One Canada Square, could be laid on its side within the box.
From 2018, up to 12 Crossrail trains an hour will make it quicker and easier for residents in Woolwich to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East. Woolwich will see some of the biggest journey time savings on the TfL-run Crossrail route, with fast and direct access to destinations such as Canary Wharf (8 minutes), Liverpool Street (14 minutes) and Bond Street (20 minutes).
In total, more than three million sq ft of residential, commercial and retail property is being developed over Crossrail sites right across London.
Karl Whiteman, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (East Thames), said: “Berkeley has been leading the regeneration at Royal Arsenal Riverside for over a decade. We are delighted to open the first ever development above a Crossrail station, with the completion of a collection of homes in Cannon Square at Royal Arsenal Riverside.
“Crossrail is without doubt the most important new transport infrastructure for London and the South East for a generation. The new Crossrail station will make Woolwich one of the best connected parts of the capital, boosting the local economy as well as providing residents’ with direct access to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.”
Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s Land and Property Director, said: “Southeast London will benefit from some of the most significant reductions in journey times when Crossrail opens in 2018. With Canary Wharf only eight minutes away, and the connection to the West End reduced to less than 20 minutes, Crossrail will encourage further investment and regeneration and make the area even more attractive for homeowners and businesses alike.”
Crossrail will add ten per cent capacity to central London’s rail network. It will serve 40 stations, connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. TfL-run Crossrail services through central London will commence in December 2018. An estimated 200m passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.