Morden Wharf: A New Live, Work, Play Neighbourhood for London
With beautifully landscaped public spaces, riverside apartments and new job opportunities, Morden Wharf has ambitious plans to become the new jewel in London’s crown
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Greenwich. Once home to kings, queens and the royal dockyards, London’s second Royal borough is steeped in Britain’s maritime heritage.
Morden Wharf, located on the south western edge of Greenwich Peninsula, where the Thames sweeps round the Isle of Dogs and past the birthplace of Elizabeth the First, has played its part in much of that history.
Synonymous with innovation and industry, Morden Wharf has hosted shipbuilding activities, traditional rope-making, and the manufacture of the world’s first submarine cables, enabling Britain to communicate effortlessly with the rest of the world.
Yet as industrial activity in the area wavered in the second half of the 20th century, Morden Wharf went into a slow decline. Buildings were left to decay, land became derelict and the site lost its soul.
All of that is about to change, however. Thanks to the efforts of regeneration specialist U+I, the 19-acre Morden Wharf site is set to become a thriving new waterfront community with places for all Londoners to live, work and visit.
Morden Park, London’s newest public green space, will sit at the heart of the neighbourhood. At nearly four acres, it will offer space for residents, workers and visitors alike to play, relax and unwind, against the backdrop of the Greenwich World Heritage Site and Canary Wharf across the river.
Inspired by the site’s marshland history, the park’s landscape design will encourage a diverse mix of plants and wildlife to flourish, improving the ecology of the area.
The park itself will also lead directly off the Thames Path, which will be upgraded and expanded to comfortably accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
Meanwhile, a new public square will be laid out where the Thames Path meets Sea Witch Lane, the main boulevard running east to west. And thanks to underground car parking, the public space will cater almost exclusively to pedestrians and cyclists.
‘Morden Wharf is set to bring life to this forgotten part of Greenwich Peninsula, where homes, leisure, work and play seamlessly combine’
Morden Wharf will provide 1,500 new homes – more than a third of which will be affordable – and opportunities for 3,500 much-needed new jobs. It will host an abundance of facilities, including a new children’s nursery, as well as a wide range of age-specific play places, communal allotments and landscaped public spaces.
Morden Wharf is set to bring life to this forgotten part of Greenwich Peninsula, where homes, leisure, work and play seamlessly combine. It will not only become a jewel in the crown for Greenwich, but London itself – a mixed-use community in every sense, that brings a once buzzing part of the capital back to life.
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