This project works within the Allies and Morrison masterplan for Greenwich Peninsula. The masterplan proposes an expansion of the existing central green space, and the creation of a series of apartment buildings which face this new central parkland which runs from the existing Millennium Village Development to the south up to the O2 arena and tube station at the northern end of the peninsula.
The Hall McKnight proposal works with individual elements of differing height, creating identifiable addresses on the park frontage. Early design ideas were based upon the idea of the spatial study of compositions of forms, such as still life paintings; whilst the masterplan proposes two blocks to the park frontage, our proposal adds another primary element, thereby offering a composition of three forms, rather than a binary comparison of two elements. The perimeter blocks define a series of terrace–like gardens atop lower scale blocks which are conceived in the same way as the residential blocks. A large gap in the northerly frontage is designed to create visual connection between the park, the street and the raised gardens.
Communal spaces occupy the ground level park frontage. A mix of social and affordable housing occupies two of the blocks, and the mix across the scheme is geared towards larger apartments. The project provides 242 apartments, with the tallest block, at 26 storeys, occupying the prime position in the site.