Less than two decades after it opened, plans to partially demolish and rebuild North Greenwich tube station have been unveiled.

The details released focus on the visual appearance of a massive new oversite development and replacement for the existing surface entrance to the tube station. So at the moment, it’s all glossy images, and little detail, but the plans call for three 30-story high towers to rise above the tube station, linked by a 24-metre-high foyer, which the architects say is inspired by the Crystal Palace.

The scheme will total 1.4 million sq ft including a new tube and bus station, theatre, cinema and performance venue, bars, shops and… something they are calling “a wellbeing hub”. A new bridge will link the development to the Thames, either replacing the existing footpath, or if you prefer, creating a segregated space where the tower dwellers can be spared the indignity of mixing with lesser folk below.

The architect handing the tube station development site is Spain’s Santiago Calatrava.

Peninsula Place by Calatrava and two buildings designed by Greenwich Peninsula’s masterplanners Allies & Morrison will provide 800 new homes, 200 of which will be “affordable”.

There is also a suggestion that the North Greenwich tube station could be renamed Greenwich Peninsula, to match the name of the development above, Peninsula Place.


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  1. graham edlin says:

    beautiful design but it needs a full size rail connection to crossrail one way then over to canary wharf and on to New cross to link the o2 excel canary wharf and city airport to the south of the river

  2. Duncan Martin says:

    A long piece about this in last Sunday’s Observer. Calatrava’s projects have a reputation for being expensive to start with and then coming in wildly over budget.

    The proportion of affordable housing has already been reduced to make the project viable. But the developer’s idea of ‘affordable’ won’t be anyone else’s.

  3. Anji Petersen says:

    The bus station is such a poor design – you can’t see buses arriving and the tiny doors outside and narrow pavement get jammed. I hope the new version is more user friendly

  4. Mat W says:

    The current bus station at North Greenwich was always planned as being “temporary”, I understand. The current set up certainly can’t handle either the volume of buses or passengers at peak.

    In the latest version of the peninsula masterplan there are also plans to change the layout of the approach roads, particularly so that the end of the busway lines up better with the bus station.

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