A Cultural District

Creative Woolwich
Arenski Chamber orchestra2

Woolwich is transforming with several major regeneration schemes taking place in and around the town centre.

New housing, new transport links, new leisure facilities and a major new cultural centre for London are all in the pipeline, helping shape a vibrant and dynamic town centre.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has agreed a £31million investment to transform a series of landmark historic buildings into a 16,500m² creative district along the Royal Arsenal riverfront.

Peter Burke Royal Arsenal

The development will include a large-scale performance venue with capacity for more than 4,000 people, a black box theatre seating up to 450 and an open-sided quadrangle courtyard for performance seating up to 600.

There will be ten rehearsal studios which can also be used as informal performance spaces, artists’ studios and offices for resident companies and public facilities including a cafe and restaurant overlooking the River Thames.

The currently vacant Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings which will be brought back to life include the old ammunitions factory (Building 41), a former cartridge factory, a warehouse, a laboratory, a carriage mounting shop and the Royal Military Academy. The new creative district is expected to open in early 2020.

There’s a new tourism plan for Woolwich which will help to increase visitors and benefit residents. You can see the Executive Summary of the tourism plan here.

Find out more on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website. You can also have a look at what the architects are planning.