Royal Arsenal

Greenwich, London. 2018

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2018
  • Clients: Berkeley Homes

The Royal Arsenal project involves the redevelopment of two Grade II listed buildings, The Officers’ House and the Royal Carriage Factory, on the historic Royal Arsenal site adjacent to the new Crossrail station at Woolwich Arsenal. The Officers’ House is a 280-year-old officers’ quarters and barracks originally designed to house the Royal Regiment of the Artillery, and previously on English Heritage’s At Risk list. This will be refurbished and extended with a new addition to the rear echoing the scale and proportions of the existing building, creating a new civic frontage to the proposed Royal Carriage Square. Both existing and proposed blocks will be serviced by an external walkway and vertical circulation, which spans between the buildings, providing level access to each of the 19 residential units. At ground level new commercial opportunities will enhance the existing retail and leisure spaces found on site. The Royal Carriage Factory retains the long low southern warehouse building and sees the addition of a new 11 storey building to the west of the existing energy centre. South facing residential duplex units occupy first and second floors of the new building, overlooking the new Royal Carriage Courtyard. An external deck at the first floor level of the north elevation provides access to eight duplex units from first to second floors. The proposals aim to retain and refurbish as much of the existing buildings as possible, returning them to active use while retaining the character of the existing spaces and elevations, while the architecture of the new insertions evokes the site’s rich industrial history.

Housing Design Awards shortlist


Housing Design Awards shortlist

Four AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Housing Design Awards: Royal Arsenal, the redevelopment of a Grade II listed former barracks building in Woolwich; The Fitzroy, a seafront housing scheme for Pegasus Life in Cornwall; the mixed use redevelopment of the Rich Industrial Estate in Bermondsey, south London; and Frestonia Apartments, part of the third phase of Nottingdale Village in west London. The Housing Design Awards have recognised excellence in public and private sector housing design since 1948 - read more about the schemes and the full shortlist here.



The Officers’ Quarters, Royal Arsenal, saved from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register


The Officers’ Quarters, Royal Arsenal, saved from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register

Following the completion of AHMM’s residential scheme, Historic England have confirmed that the Officers’ Quarters at Royal Arsenal are no longer considered to be at risk, and have removed the building from its Heritage at Risk Register, as of 16 December 2019. Originally built to house the Royal Regiment of the Artillery over 280 years ago, the newly converted and extended building provides 34 new homes.



The Officers' House, Royal Arsenal complete

Barracks Court, a Grade II listed former officers’ house in Woolwich, south London has completed on site. Part of the Royal Arsenal masterplan and situated approximately four metres from the new Crossrail station at Woolwich Arsenal, the former officers’ barracks have been transformed to create 34 new homes across the heritage block and a newly constructed modular block. The project has now been handed over to the client with the first residents moving in in early October.


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