Urban areas are changing day by day as populations increase. This puts pressure on housing, amenities and other infrastructure. Developers have to step up to provide these things but they need to ensure they plan carefully and consider who will actually live in the areas. Better placemaking would result in stronger communities and make developments more successful.
London is one area where it is even more important to design with people in mind. The city is vast and parts of it are very highly built-up. This can put pressure on residents and affect their health. Better design can create new districts where people are comfortable and going to feel at home.
Some projects in London have successfully looked at placemaking though. Woolwich Arsenal and London Dock are both very good examples. The work at Barking Riverside is particularly exciting because of the sheer scale.
A new area where culture is the focus
Greenwich Peninsula stands out as one of the best projects in recent years because it embraces the culture. In total there will be 15,000 new homes in 7 neighbourhoods. Alongside these will be 13,000 jobs and vast improvements in the infrastructure. A new cultural hub is being established, including galleries and a creative design district.
The centrepiece of this cultural hub is Peninsula Centre. The iconic new landmark has been designed by celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It will provide great amenities for visitors including an urban forest, a winter garden, cafes, shops, restaurants, and a galleria. All of this will be below a stunning glass canopy.
Greenwich Peninsula could soon become a very popular hotspot for home buyers. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the developments to see how they progress. Monitor the market too so you can find the ideal time to invest.
Finefair is here to help if you need us. We offer a selection of services, standing out in particular for offering the best block management Greenwich has to offer. This means we are well placed to help investors who want to purchase a number of properties in an area. We can manage all of them, offering savings but consistent high standards.
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