New £30m Creative District Planned for Woolwich Gets Go-AheadApril 04, 2017
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has committed £31m to bring a number of landmark historic buildings back into use as part of a new creative district in Woolwich, south east London.
A section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront site will be transformed into a 16,500 sq m creative hub, which will be a key driver for the local economy and the continued regeneration of Woolwich and the surrounding area.
The arsenal, which was formerly the site of munitions manufacture for Great Britain, includes an old ammunitions factory, Building 41. This will become a large-scale performance venue, seating 1,200 in a conventional concert format and up to 2,200 standing. The nature of Building 41’s size and roof structure mean it will have a high-quality acoustic for classical and acoustic music, including large symphony orchestras with choirs.
Other venues will include:
a black box theatre seating up to 450
an open-sided quadrangle courtyard for performance seating up to 600
Ten rehearsal studios
public facilities, including a cafe and restaurant overlooking the river.
There will also be office space for resident companies, which will include Academy Performing Arts, Chickenshed Theatre, Dash Arts, Greenwich Dance, the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Protein Dance, and the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.