Next stop, Abbey Wood: HUB and shedkm given greenlight for 245 homes next to Elizabeth Line station

Residential developer HUB has secured a resolution to grant planning permission from Greenwich council for Abbey Place, a landmark mixed-use scheme in Abbey Wood, south east London, that will provide 245 homes for rent.

The Abbey Place scheme, which is the next development to be delivered by HUB in partnership with specialist sustainable and social impact investor Bridges Fund Management, sits adjacent to the new Abbey Wood Elizabeth Line station, which is due to open in 2018 and will provide fast transport connections to central London.

The 23,000 m² scheme, designed by award-winning architects shedkm, will deliver 245 high quality homes for rent, as well as flexible space on the ground level for future retail and commercial use. Abbey Place comprises two residential buildings of 21 storeys and 13 storeys and will set a new standard for design quality in the rapidly evolving location of Abbey Wood.

With emphasis on environmental efficiency, the apartments are designed to provide high quality living spaces for Londoners. Ranging from one to three bedrooms the majority are dual aspect units that maximise levels of natural light and cross ventilation. Over 400 cycle spaces will be provided at ground floor.

The approved plans include new public landscaping, designed by BCA Landscape, connecting Abbey Place to the station approach, as well as rooftop garden spaces for residents.

The development will create a striking gateway to the Thamesmead regeneration area, where major improvements to the existing housing stock are well underway.

Steve Sanham, Managing Director at HUB, said:

“We believe that Abbey Wood is an area with huge growth potential and a very exciting future. In order to develop the site from the previous planning consent into homes that address the needs of Londoners, it was very important that we really listened to local voices in the community. HUB carried out wide-reaching community engagement on the ground, which led to an improved scheme that will enhance the residential and commercial offer in Abbey Wood.”

Alex Flint, Director at shedkm said:

“shedkm are excited to combine our skills of creating well designed homes in affordable areas with our passion for reinventing place. The Abbey Place scheme has been driven by an ambition to design a set-piece of high-quality new residential buildings, whilst creating inviting public spaces for residents and visitors to Abbey Wood. Taking cues from local history, the new public landscape will ensure that these new homes will have the very best amenities, at the same time helping to support growth of the area as place to live, work and relax.”

Abbey Place is located on Felixstowe Road, next to Abbey Wood station. Works on site are anticipated to begin in Q2 2018.