Economy & Employment
Royal Arsenal Riverside is 8 minutes from one of London’s main financial centres.
The aim of the Greenwich Strategy 2006 to 2015 was that by 2015 Greenwich will have a vibrant mix of communities supported by quality housing, accessible transport links, open spaces, with strong cultural attractions and a prosperous local economy.
Canary Wharf’s iconic skyline forms one of London’s two main financial centres, along with the City of London, and with the arrival of Crossrail, it will be only 8 minutes away from Royal Arsenal Riverside.
London’s third business district is taking off at nearby Royal Albert Dock and will become a gateway for high tech overseas businesses.
With nearby London City Airport flying as far afield as New York, business travellers will benefit from direct links to Europe and the world’s key business destinations.
The Royal Borough attracts more than eighteen million visitors to its attractions each year, the main draws being the Greenwich Park delights; the Cutty Sark, Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.
In addition to this, the income generated from tourism is estimated to be worth over £774 million to the local economy each year (Daily Mail, 3 February 2012).
The Woolwich regeneration programme won Best Town Centre Project in 2014.
Convenient transport connections mean that Royal Arsenal Riverside is set to become one of the best-connected neighbourhoods in London, leaving you perfectly placed to enjoy all that the city has to offer. The imminent arrival of Crossrail is a very exciting time for the area and will reduce travel times throughout London, making Royal Arsenal a very desirable residential choice.
Alongside the improved infrastructure, the 5,000 new dwellings will bring thousands of new residents to the 88 acre Royal Arsenal development. This will be a real boost to the already flourishing local economy.
Woolwich town centre had its £6.6million redesign approved in December 2009, this includes General Gordon Square and Beresford Square being transformed as part of the ongoing programme of major gentrification in the town.
The aim is to provide attractive public spaces which can be used for festivals and other public events during the day, evening and night.
Woolwich is an important river crossing with both the Woolwich Ferry and the recently refurbished pedestrian Thames tunnel. The area benefits from a number of transport facilities.
Air: London City Airport is just across the river and travels to destinations across Europe such as Barcelona and Paris as well as new York.
Mainline rail: Current destinations from Woolwich Arsenal are Canary Wharf in 17 minutes, Liverpool Street 33 minutes. Plumstead railway station is served by Southeastern Rail on the North Kent Line.
Crossrail: A Crossrail station will open in 2018 reducing the journey time to Canary Wharf to a few minutes.
Docklands Light Railway: Woolwich Arsenal is also a DLR station with a journey time of 21 minutes to Canary Wharf.
Bus: The area is well served by extensive bus services to areas such as Catford, Elephant and Castle, Eltham, Lewisham and Peckham.
Thames Clipper: The Thames Clipper river bus leaves from Woolwich Arsenal jetty with a 30 minute journey time to Canary Wharf. It also serves the QE2 Pier (the O2) in 6 minutes, Greenwich in 15–20 minutes, Canary, London Bridge 30–40 minutes and Embankment in 45 minutes.
Road: The A206 runs just to the south of the Royal Arsenal, this joins with the A102 in Greenwich allowing easy access to the north of the river. Approximately 2km south of the A206 is the A207 and a little further still is the A2 and the A20, which when taking the easterly direction joins with the M20 and M25 giving great access to rest of the country.
Schools: There are a good selection of educational institutions within easy travelling distance of the Royal Arsenal. Greenwich has 64 primary, 13 secondary, 1 special and 3 independent schools.
Educational attainment in the borough has improved substantially with the investment of over £290 million in improvements to secondary schools for the period 2006 to 2015.
Further Education: The Anglian College London offers FE and HE operating mainly from Woolwich, London. It has four academic and one administrative departments. It is one of the few colleges accredited by both City and Guilds and Association of Business Executives (ABE) in the region. Greenwich Community College runs a wide range of full-time and part-time academic and vocational qualification courses.
Higher Education: The University of Greenwich main campus is located in the distinctive buildings of the former Royal Naval College. The university has other campuses at Avery Hill in Eltham and at Medway. Near the Greenwich campus, the Trinity College of Music is housed in the buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital. Other universities in the vicinity are the Queen Mary University, the University of East London and the Academy of Performing Arts.
Shops & Leisure
Shopping & Dining: The charming boutiques of nearby Greenwich are close at hand and with the superb links to the rest of the city, nowhere is out of reach for the shoppers and diners. In a historic building at the centre of Royal Arsenal Riverside is the Dial Arch gastro-pub; a great place to watch the world go by, catch up with friends or relax on a leather sofa by the fire. Royal Arsenal Riverside will also soon be home to the Geronimo Inn, known for its great food and drinks and atmosphere.
Leisure & Entertainment: Royal Arsenal is home to Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Greenwich Park, visit the world’s largest National Maritime Museum or explore the stars at the world-famous observatory.
Green Space: A relaxing park connects the new Crossrail station to Royal Arsenal Riverside and the River Thames, as well as Woolwich town centre beyond, so meeting friends for coffee or popping to the supermarket will be no more than a peaceful and leisurely stroll.
Greenwich’s residents have identified green and open spaces as one of the best features of living within the borough. 15% of the total area is taken up with parks, gardens and green space.