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 (a 350-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) is 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 it to active use while retaining the character of the existing spaces and elevations. The architecture of both buildings are based on new industrial insertions between the brick blocks, evoking the sites rich industrial history.