Morris Walk Estate demolition to start in autumn 2018

Maryon Road
Maryon Road and Morris Walk estates were built in the mid-1960s

Demolition of the Morris Walk Estate, on the Charlton/Woolwich border, has been brought forward to autumn 2018, it has emerged.

Morris Walk, along with neighbouring Maryon Road estate and Woolwich’s Connaught Estate, are being redeveloped by developer Lovell as part of a £269 million Greenwich Council-backed scheme. The Connaught has already been demolished and the Trinity Walk development is rising in its place.

Built from prefabricated parts in the mid-1960s, the construction of the Morris Walk Estate can be seen in some shots in the cult film Blow-Up, which featured scenes shot in and near Maryon Park.

Many long-term residents have already left the estate, with the buildings currently being used for temporary accommodation. Across the three estates, 1,064 homes originally built for council rent will be replaced by 1,500 homes with 35% as “affordable”, a catch-all for range for tenures from shared ownership, through proportions of market rent to “social target rent”.

New plans mean the estate will be empty by late summer, with demolition set to begin in autumn, a year ahead of schedule, residents’ group representatives at a “stakeholders’ forum” last week were told.

The Charlton Champion emailed Greenwich Council’s press office for more information about the plan, but has not been sent a response.

3 thoughts on “Morris Walk Estate demolition to start in autumn 2018

  1. MiceElf December 4, 2017 / 12:58

    It’s a pity there’s so little information available. With the proposed number of new dwellings the local infrastructure needs to be a priority. A group of local residents under the auspices of The Friends of Maryon Parks have applied for Ward Funding to address the matter of the dangerous and decaying playground in Maryon Park by commissioning a feasibility study. The playground should be moved to where it was proposed some years ago so that it will be overlooked by properties (a safeguarding matter) and significant amounts of money should be provided by Lovells, who will be making big profits from this development, to provide an imaginative and safe place for local children including the under 5s. There are four schools in close proximity, Woodhill, Thorntree, Pound Park, Windrush and many others close. The Park is used by many children now and they deserve decent, safe play facilities.

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