Greenwich Peninsula, 1983

21 August 2011 at 21:28 | Posted in Docklands past | Leave a comment
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The Greenwich Peninsula wasn’t technically in Docklands according to the regeneration boundary of the 1980s, but it’s certainly relevant to the Docklands story. The outer edges of the peninsula were (and several still are) used as active wharves, although the main bulk of the land was part of a British Gas site. The picture below was taken in 1983:


The gasholders are still there, as is much of the wharfage in the foreground, although this won’t be the case for long if the plans for a new cruise terminal at Enderby’s Wharf go ahead, which could cater for ships up to 240 metres long.

Towards the top of the picture the Blackwall Tunnel vent shaft can be seen; this now protrudes through the roof of the O2 Arena, which occupies the northern tip of the peninsula today.

The view below shows a more recent view of the same area, from Google Earth.

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Canada Water progress

21 August 2011 at 21:05 | Posted in Docklands present | Leave a comment
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The new development around Canada Water is really coming along now. There is lots of piling and excavation under way on sites A3 & A4, next to the station where the tower will be. Tower crane arrival apparently imminent.

Meanwhile, Site A1, at the eastern end of the Barratts development,  is occupied and looking very smart. Here it is from Swan Road to the north, showing how it blends in with the older council blocks on the left:
Swan Road looking south

The new road between A1 (left) and A2 (right) is open, and now called Dominion Drive (planning docs called it the ‘Swan Road Extension’)
Dominion Drive

A2 (Vancouver House) is taking shape now, changing the whole feel of the area outside the station:
Vancouver House

The library is also crawling along, with completion expected in the next few weeks and I’m liking the look now; I was disappointed with the facade previously, but I think it looks a lot better when you can see a whole frontage clad:
Canada Water library

And here’s it reflecting in the tube station:
Canada Water tube and library

Surrey Docks, 1983

21 August 2011 at 21:04 | Posted in Docklands past | 7 Comments
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The photo below shows the Russia Dock area from above in 1983, largely cleared and awaiting development (click for larger version).


At the far bottom right lies the (then) new Downtown Health Centre. Top centre is the new home of Fisher Athletic FC, the Surrey Docks Stadium, which hosted Conference football when Fisher Athletic were flying high. Sadly the club moved out a few years ago, forcing the Fish to share with Dulwich Hamlet. The club subsequently folded, to re-emerge as fan-owned Fisher FC, playing further down the football pyramid.

The foreground shows the former docks filled in and largely awaiting development, although Downtown to the right has been built. Stave Hill, Russia Dock Woodland, Bacon’s College and the Albion Channel will soon appear in this area.

At the top left, just past the gasholder (still there), a very neat square of levelled land shows where my own house will shortly be built (in the 1980s, that is).

The view below shows a more recent view of the same area, from Google Earth.

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20 August 2011 at 20:09 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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