Greenwich Millennium Village

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Greenwich Millennium Village
Location Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich, London, England
Coordinates 51°29′42″N 0°00′50″E / 51.495°N 0.014°E / 51.495; 0.014Coordinates: 51°29′42″N 0°00′50″E / 51.495°N 0.014°E / 51.495; 0.014
Opening Date 2000s onwards
Developer English Partnerships
Architect Ralph Erskine
Website gmv.gb.com

Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) is an innovative mixed-tenure modern development 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.[1]

Location[edit]

The village is on the southern banks of the River 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 GP surgery. Next to the complex, at Peartree Wharf, is the Greenwich Yacht Club, a modern building provided by English Partnerships. A very short distance south from the O2 dome complex to the north and commercial developments to the south.

Development[edit]

Village Square in the village

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 which rents to those in social need as well as to key workers under shared ownership "rent to buy" purchase schemes.

Some GMV residents have complained that the noise insulation in the Kilby Court blocks is inadequate.[2]

Transport[edit]

Road network[edit]

GMV is 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 River Thames connecting to Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, the A12 road running north and the A13 road running east and west.

Bus, tube and rail[edit]

The following TfL bus routes serve GMV:[3]

  • 108: Stratford - GMV - Lewisham (24 hours)
  • 129: North Greenwich - GMV - Greenwich
  • 132: North Greenwich - GMV - Eltham - Bexleyheath
  • 161: North Greenwich - GMV - Chislehurst
  • 422: North Greenwich - GMV - Plumstead - Bexleyheath
  • 472: North Greenwich - GMV - Thamesmead (24 hours)
  • 486: North Greenwich - GMV - Welling - Bexleyheath

GMV is within walking distance of North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee Line, which provides fast access to Central London, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Stadium. The nearest National Rail stations are Westcombe Park and Charlton.

Thames River commuter boat service[edit]

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.

Emirates Air Line[edit]

In June 2012, a cable car service was opened spanning the Thames which is sponsored by and bearing the name Emirates Air Line. It is operated by Transport for London. The south terminal is within walking distance of GMV, North Greenwich tube station, and the O2. It connects with the Royal Docks on the other side of the Thames.

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