The Movement Café hosted a resident liaison meeting last night (15th January), keeping local people up-to-date with what’s happening on site.
People who came along heard from Cathedral Group’s Development Executive Alex Phillips that the “beating heart of the estate” – the biomass boiler and combined heat and power plant which will be the development’s main source of heat – is soon to be installed. He also confirmed that the café is likely to remain in place until May or June 2013, when it is hoped that construction of the hotel will begin.
Residents heard that street names and post codes for the new buildings have been agreed and applied for with the local council. The ‘spine’ (pedestrianised) road running through the site will be called Lovibond Lane, after brewer John Lovibond who brewed beer in Greenwich for over one hundred years from 1847. The service road to the north of the site will be named for poet and satirist John Donne (John Donne Way), who preached an important sermon on or near the site in 1615.
As the cranes on the site attest, construction of both the residential building and student accommodation is well underway. When the pre-cast floors of the latter are in place, the pre-fabricated en-suite bathroom ‘pods’ for the student rooms will be installed – in time for students attending the University of Greenwich from September next year (2014). Alex reported that progress with the residential building had also been good in the period and that the contractor is hoping to have constructed the concrete super-structure to the second floor “podium” level by the end of the month.
Finally, work will soon start to build the extension to Greenwich West Community Centre. Alex advised that this work, which includes a new café and office spaces, will be completed by July 2013.
July 2013 should also see the completion of the eleven business incubation units, which will be made available to local start-ups through the Greenwich Enterprise Board.
The next meeting will take place at the Movement Café in mid-April (date to be confirmed).