Woolwich is unique as the only new station on the Elizabeth Line, and was a key element in the regeneration of the former Royal Arsenal site, alongside 3,750 new homes and new cultural, heritage, commercial and leisure projects. Its regenerative role means that what takes place above ground is just as important as what happens beneath: the station with its associated public realm connects it and the area’s new community to the wider town centre, and together with a series of Grade I and II listed buildings frames Dial Arch Square – a historic green space that is adjusted to form a gateway to the area.
Initial proposals for Crossrail did not include a station at Woolwich, although the alignment passed through the site. Initial work demonstrated how a new station at Woolwich could incorporate the ventilation access and egress required in this location, while integrating with development and delivering transformational benefits to the local area that enhance the value of the new line.
The architectural vision for Woolwich station springs from its location within the historic Woolwich Arsenal site and the rich heritage of the former military buildings nearby. The Arsenal had become separated from Woolwich town centre: this building and its improved public realm now reconnects the site to the wider neighbourhood.
We look forward to presenting Woolwich live in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands during the WAF festival.