• 30 April 2018

The regeneration of Abbey Wood

Abbey Wood, the new, vibrant area in the South East of London, is undergoing a complete overhaul. The regeneration is a joint initiative between The London Borough of Bexley, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Crossrail, Network Rail and TfL in partnership with developer Peabody.

The area is transforming into a thriving business and residential hub that will see the new Crossrail station open to customers in December 2018, allowing them to speed across London to the City, Canary Wharf, West End, Heathrow and beyond. The dramatically improved transport links will make Abbey Wood an even more attractive place to live, work and visit, with more people, businesses and investments coming into the local area.

More than 1,500 new homes

The regeneration scheme has already resulted in a new Sainsbury’s supermarket, planning permission has been granted for 220 new homes, a new library, retail units and a public square close to the station. In addition, Peabody is building 1,500 new homes on nearby sites along Harrow Manorway through the Mayor of London’s Housing Zone programme.

These plans will transform the route all the way from Abbey Wood station into South Thamesmead and will coincide with the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), which will have trains operating every five minutes, making it quicker and easier for local people to get to destinations across London.

In full swing December 2018

Network Rail opened the new Abbey Wood station building in October 2017 as part of the Crossrail programme. It has been partially operational for the existing Southeastern services and will be fully operational in December 2018 when the Elizabeth Line opens. Designed to include a spacious concourse that leads directly onto a wide forecourt that connects the station to the Harrow Manorway flyover, it will also have two new island platforms for Crossrail and North Kent services, six lifts to help passengers get around the station as well as step-free access to every platform.

Waterman has worked with the London Borough of Bexley for over 20 years and has been involved in the regeneration of Abbey Wood from the early stages in 2009. Our team has provided engineering consultancy services for a public realm design and transport interchange at the station to allow for the urban regeneration of the surrounding area to maximise the benefit by the additional station capacity.

Major renovations of the existing Public Realm on the Harrow Manorway Flyover and the side roads of Gayton Road and Felixstowe Road are under way for which our team have designed new high-quality paving, soft and hard landscaping, street lighting, transport infrastructure in the form of upgraded bus facilities and cycle parking. On the flyover, a new toucan crossing arrangement will compliment footway facilities and bus stop infrastructure to allow for seamless transition from the station to different modes of transport.

Keeping all stakeholders informed Our team has assisted Bexley in the co-ordination and interface with all stakeholders to deliver the scheme. This included the clarification and amendment of the land classifications between the Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich, defining the working arrangement and the future maintenance requirements between the two Boroughs (through a Section 8 Agreement of the Highways Act) as well as providing lead co-ordination with the Station Works Contractor and Network Rail/ Crossrail at points of interface between the station works and public realm works.

The early success of Abbey Wood station work schedule has already made an impact on the local area. The Leader of Bexley Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said in a recent statement; “The opening of the new station at Abbey Wood in October was a great step forward towards achieving the vision for Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead. The arrival of the new Elizabeth line in just 9 months’ time is really good news for all of Bexley’s residents and businesses, especially the people who will benefit from the long-term regeneration of this area.”

Amrit Ghose, Regional Director, commented; “We’re proud of our partnership with the London Borough of Bexley and hope to continue pushing the area forward for the next 20 years, just as we have for the last 20. We know it’s a fantastic part of London and this type of regeneration project is vital for the entire community.”