Date of release: Thursday, April 30, 2009

A1676---Stockwell-StreetThe University of Greenwich has announced plans to invest in a new development in Greenwich town centre. It has acquired a large site, spanning Stockwell Street, Nevada Street and King William Walk, on which it intends to build a new library and a new home for the School of Architecture & Construction.
The initiative will provide an important boost to the local economy, increasing staff and student numbers in the town by about 20% and bringing additional income to local businesses.

The university intends to commission an inspiring piece of contemporary architecture, following a competitive process to select an architect. Plans are at a very early stage but the university says that it is committed to consulting with local residents, businesses and other neighbouring organisations as soon as it has a clear set of proposals.

In the meantime, the university will be busy on site, carrying out preliminary investigations including archaeological digs, geological surveys and a study of land contamination. A programme of enabling works will include the removal of existing buildings on the site, many of which are in a poor state of repair.

All aspects of the development will be as sustainable as possible, constructed to the latest environmental standards, with a low carbon footprint.


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Caron Jones, Head of Public Relations, 020-8331 8248 or

Images available:

1. Aerial view of Stockwell Street area, with development site marked.

2. Road map of Stockwell Street area, with development site marked.

3. Photographs of students working on projects in the School of Architecture & Construction.

Notes to editors:

1. The Greenwich Campus

This is the largest of the university’s three campuses; the others are based at Avery Hill, in the London Borough of Greenwich, and Medway in Kent. The university is also a partner in University Centre Folkestone.

The campus is centred on Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It also includes the neighbouring Dreadnought Library and Stephen Lawrence Building and two halls of residence in Devonport House and over the Cutty Sark DLR development.

The Greenwich campus celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The university has more than a century of service in the borough, tracing its roots back to 1892.

2. Academic departments based on the Greenwich campus include the Business School, the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Greenwich Maritime Institute. The campus is home to a number of research groups.