Greenwich Planning Commission Royal District Approves Morden Wharf Master Plan,
Morden Wharf is an area of opportunity that over the past 20 years has become a symbol of ambitious renewal,
architecture, and social and economic growth.
The focus is now firmly on the Western Peninsula, where Morden Wharf will have a transformative impact on the region,
as the region will have a strong sense of place,
filled with abundant life, culture, green spaces, industry, heritage and entrepreneurship.
OMA has received approval for its new mixed-use development for Morden Wharf,
on the Greenwich Peninsula, London by the Royal District of Greenwich Planning Commission.
OMA’s new design scheme, led by its partner Reinier De Graaf, will be built on a 2.4-hectare site,
located equidistant from historic Greenwich and the O2 Arena.
The scheme has been called Morden Wharf, and completed after a years-long design and consulting process,
the project’s main focus is on maximizing the riverfront’s potential for public use and access.
OMA will draw on references from the site’s industrial past on the proposed mix of uses,
in order to balance the new residential development with employment and communal uses.
The existing warehouse on the site will also be preserved and dedicated to small businesses and creative businesses,
and Morden Park will be erected along the edge of the Thames, a 1.6 hectare (16,000 square meter)
public park dating back to the site’s swampy beginnings.
The Morden Wharf project will provide 1,500 new homes, distributed in 12 high-quality residential buildings,
with 35% of the homes at affordable prices.
With a combination of shared ownership and rent affordable in London,
commercial use and employment will create around 700 new permanent jobs.
Greenwich Planning Commission Royal District Approves Morden Wharf Master Plan
Morden Wharf’s proposal is far from selfish, a capitulation to the current context that aims to reconcile the past and the future.
This is because architecture does not exist for its own sake but to frame the public space in between.
An immediately accessible public park on the banks of the river has been designed,
and the Thames Trail has been renovated for all peninsula residents who work from home or are of greater importance than imagined.
In their design, OMA took care of the legacy offered in the region,
and 25 years after the sugar mill was demolished, their proposal will bring this part of Greenwich back to life,
it is time for Morden Wharf to be reborn.
OMA New York has also recently completed the Audrey Irmas Pavilion with a trapezoid that respects its California surroundings,
and OMA is also currently designing a new office building in Amsterdam.
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