Greenwich Millennium Village
The Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) is an innovative mixed-tenure modern housing estate on an urban village model located on the Greenwich Peninsula in Greenwich in south-east London, and part of the Millennium Communities Programme under English Partnerships (now renamed Homes and Communities Agency). The village is designed by architects Ralph Erskine and partners with EPR Architects Ltd as executive architect as part of the regeneration of the whole brownfield site of East Greenwich Gas Works. GMV is south of the former Millennium Dome, now renamed the O2.
The village is on the southern banks of the Thames, about one mile upstream (west) from the Thames Barrier and adjacent to the purpose-built Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, cycle paths and recreational areas. The village currently has the Millennium Primary School and a medical GP surgery. Next to the complex, at Peartree Wharf, is the Greenwich Yacht Club, a modern building provided by English Partnerships.
The Village is being developed by a consortium of Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey. The housing is of modern, environmentally friendly design, and the development aims to cut primary energy use by 80% using low-energy building techniques and renewable energy technologies. GMV is planned by the developers to continue to expand until about 2015, with its own integrated village shopping and community centres. As of 2010, 1,098 flats and houses as well as a village square with shops have been completed. Of the units completed about 20% are affordable housing which are owned by a housing association who rent to those in social need as well as to key workers under shared ownership "rent to buy" purchase schemes.
Surface and tube transportation
GMV is served by the Transport for London public transport system which includes eight bus routes—three running 24 hours, and is within walking distance of the North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee Line which provides access to central London in about 21 minutes by bus and tube from GMV or 13 minutes from the North Greenwich tube station. It is also close to the A102 road semi-motorway which connects to the A2 road to the south and to the north the Blackwall Tunnel crossing of the Thames River connecting to Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, the A12 road running north and the A13 road running east and west.
Thames River commuter boat service
Thames River transport provided by London River Services is within walking distance of GMV, to the east of the North Greenwich tube station on the Thames is the North Greenwich Pier, formerly named QEII Pier, which offers commuter boat service to other parts of London, both east and west.
Cable car over the Thames
In June 2012, a cable car service was opened spanning the River Thames which is sponsored by and bearing the name Emirates Air Line. It is operated by Transport for London. The nearest cable car terminal to GMV on the south side of the river is within walking distance of GMV, the North Greenwich tube station, and the O2. The terminal on the north side of the River Thames is at the Royal Victoria DLR station on the area named Royal Victoria Dock just north of Silvertown in London Borough of Newham.