Woolwich in south-east London has been up and coming since 2000, when Berkeley Homes unveiled its vision for developing the Royal Arsenal munitions factory into a smart riverside estate.
Some 2,000 homes, above, have been newly built or carved from the listed buildings, but it will be another 10 years at least before all 5,000 planned properties are finished. However, Crossrail is set to be a game changer.
A new station is being built within the estate and when it opens in 2018, up to 12 trains an hour will link Woolwich with Canary Wharf, Bond Street and Heathrow. New pedestrian routes and a public square now link Royal Arsenal to the town centre, and a cultural quarter is being created with art galleries, theatre and museums.
Gun Carriage Mews, part of Royal Arsenal Riverside’s Heritage Quarter, is the latest phase — 12 double-height, loft-style flats with vaulted ceilings, beams and exposed brickwork.
Prices from £550,000. Coming next are contemporary-design flats above the new station. Call 020 8331 7130.