This was quite a difficult assignment: the older (World Heritage) parts of Greenwich are so stunning it is difficult to choose which to select, and the newer (Greenwich Peninsular) developments are so large scale and so much underway that it is difficult to get to many of them to take a photo.
My first photograph is of King William Street just by the rebuilt Cutty Sark. Whilst being in the “heart” of the World heritage sites, there are many mixed views about it. There were two disastrous fires during the re-construction of the Cutty Sark – one in 2007 and again in 2014, resulting in much loss of the structure. The holding surround (designed by Grimshaws) – which houses a visitor museum – won the Building Design “Carbuncle Cup” in 2012.
There then follows a series of alternating photos of the new Greenwich Peninsular developments and those of Maritime Greenwich.
It is confusing as to which particular building belongs to the Maritime Museum, which to the Old Naval College and which to the University and to Greenwich Palace, and I have named them all as “Maritime Museum” which is not accurate at all.
There are two of the Chapel – but not one of the Painted Hall. I have some photos of the Painted Hall from some few years ago. It is currently being re-furbished and I decided against the older photos.
There is one photograph of the Observatory – taken in 2011 – but I don’t think this has changed much!
Similarly there is one of the old hospital down by the river – again from 2011.
There are one or two of St Alphege Church – which was the first full church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor built during 1712 – 1718. Hawksmoor was originally the Clerk of Works at the Greenwich Hospital before becoming Sir Christopher Wren’s most famous pupil.
The church of St Alphege is a very old church and was the place where Henry VIII was baptised (1499, I think – well that’s when he was born – in Greenwich).
The Greenwich Peninsular development is large scale and will take possibly 20 years to complete. When I went photographing it a while back, I got chatting to one of the site project managers. He was, I think, in his late forties (maybe early fifties) and he said that the development would “see him out”. It is not too long a walk (less than a couple of miles) along the river from the O2 to the town centre of Greenwich – but at the moment it is impossible to see your way down onto the river path because of all the construction work. You can get a rough idea of the scale of the Greenwich Peninsular development on the
Greenwich Peninsular website.