The developer U+I is working in partnership with Galliard Homes and the current landowners Royal London on plans for a pioneering new community in Charlton Riverside - Faraday Works. Our vision is to revitalise the industrial history of this largely derelict site with a diverse range of industry, workspace and new homes.

We want to find out what you think of our updated plans. Since our first event in February we have made changes in response to feedback from the local community and developed additional detail on our proposals.

We’re hosting an exhibition in one of the buildings on site at 25 Bowater Road, Westminster Industrial Estate, Woolwich, SE18 5TF (opposite Chef House Café) on:

  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 8am to 10am
  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm to 4pm

YOUR FEEDBACK, OUR RESPONSE…

We held a well-attended public exhibition on the proposals for Faraday Works in February 2019. 82% were broadly supportive of the plans, with similarly high levels supporting our proposed principles, new homes, and new jobs. Where possible we have looked to incorporate your suggestions and feedback.

Sketch of restored Bowater Road
Sketch of restored Bowater Road, with retained and improved factory buildings, providing new workspace and homes.

RETAIL AND COMMUNITY SPACE

Many of you suggested incorporating a small amount of retail space, such as a corner shop. Others raised the need for community space for residents.

We have included both these suggestions, with a new general store on Bowater Road, and providing discounted use of the facilities in the Wire Workshops to the community. In addition, a new museum is also proposed to tell the fascinating history of the site as well as using artefacts such as cable reels in the landscape.

REPLACING THE FARADAY BUILDING

Most agreed with our approach to sympathetically replace the Faraday Building in the same style and layout and praised our retention of the buildings along Bowater Road. Some, however, felt all buildings should be retained and restored.

We have reviewed ways to achieve full retention over many years, but it is not possible to achieve the same levels of benefits without the removal of the Faraday Building. The replacement will replicate the materials and façade as faithfully as possible, and will allow a better use of land, improved walking routes and allow the new building to be set-back from the park.

BUILDING HEIGHTS AND DENSITY

While there was strong overall support, some felt that the proposals were higher than appropriate and should be limited to the 10-storey guidelines from the masterplan.

Our approach has been to vary the heights from 6 to 13 storeys to maximise daylight for residents and provide a more varied form to the buildings. We have made some adjustments to the heights since February to accommodate specific concerns but also believe it is important to maintain the high levels of affordable housing and workspace achieved through providing 500 homes.

We want you to come and see our updated plans at our exhibition and let us know what you think. As before, we remain open to your ideas and feedback.

HAVE YOUR SAY

We want to hear what you think of our revised plans for Faraday Works.

We’re hosting an exhibition in one of the buildings on site at 25 Bowater Road, Westminster Industrial Estate, Woolwich, SE18 5TF (opposite Chef House Café) on:

  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 8am to 10am
  • Thursday 11 July 2019, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm to 4pm

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

The boards from the exhibition will be uploaded to this website after the event for those who are not able to attend.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

020 3633 6625

Faraday Works is a joint venture between: