Greenwich Millennium Village

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Greenwich Millennium Village
Project
Opening date2000s onwards
DeveloperEnglish Partnerships
ArchitectRalph Erskine
Websitewww.gmv.london
Location
Greenwich Millennium Village is located in Greater London
Greenwich Millennium Village
Location in London
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
CountryEngland
CityLondon
BoroughGreenwich
LocationGreenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) is a 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, a GP surgery, and a few shops. East of the village, at Peartree Wharf, is the Greenwich Yacht Club, a modern building provided by English Partnerships. The village is south of the O2 dome complex; commercial developments are situated 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 development aimed to cut primary energy use by 80% using low-energy building techniques and renewable energy technologies. GMV was planned by the developers to continue to expand until about 2015, with its own integrated village shopping and community centres. By 2010, 1,098 flats and houses as well as a village square with shops had 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]

Buses[edit]

Greenwich Millennium Village is served by London Buses routes 108, 129, 132, 161, 188, 422, 472 and 486.

London Underground[edit]

The nearest station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee line.

National Rail[edit]

The nearest stations are Charlton and Westcombe Park for Southeastern services towards Dartford, London Cannon Street and London Charing Cross.

London River Services[edit]

The nearest pier is North Greenwich for Thames Clippers services towards Embankment, Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal.

London Cable Car[edit]

The London Cable Car service opened in June 2012 and connects North Greenwich with the Royal Docks on the other side of the River Thames. Its southern terminal is located north of the Millennium Village, on the south side of Edmund Halley Way.

In popular culture[edit]

The video for Lady Leshurr's Queen's Speech Ep.4 was filmed at the Greenwich Millennium Village.[3]

The development was also the setting for BBC One ident “Windows” in 2006. Residents were seen using their windows to reflect sunlight into a ring. Filmed at the Greenwich Millennium Village in south east London and directed by Matthias Hoene. This ident was withdrawn in 2008 and was often used to introduce daytime programming. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Millennium legacy?, BBC (6 February 2008). Retrieved: 2 July 2021.
  2. ^ Lane, Thomas (6 May 2005). "NEWS 'If our neighbours have people around for a dinner party we go out – I would rather sleep on a friend's floor for the night'". Building. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  3. ^ YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVeT27F8CPY
  4. ^ "Hippos help revamp BBC One idents". 26 September 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2021.

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