First the Millennium Dome (now the O2), then Ravensbourne College designed by Foreign Office Architects, a decade later and new residential blocks under construction designed by SOM. Greenwich Peninsula is at long last taking off, busy with cranes and building works. At the heart, is a bold vision for a major new building by Santiago Calatrava – Peninsula Peninsula Place, unveiled earlier this year with an estimated cost of £1 billion. With its three sweeping 40 storey towers, 80 ft high winter garden, 1 million sq ft of shops, bars, theatres, cinemas, performance spaces, apartments and hotels, the project will provide direct connections to the tube and bus stations and, a new footbridge across to a new pier on the Thames, following on from Calatrava’s successful “Oculus” at the World Trade Centre in New York.
A brave project in the current economic situation, with Brexit looming, but let’s hope it goes ahead as it will give Greenwich Peninsula a new landmark for the 21st century.