Pickwick developers plan to build ‘aparthotel’ around closed pub

Pickwick overhead view
The houses at the back were given permission last year

Developers behind plans to build homes behind the Pickwick on Woolwich Road now want to build a four-storey “aparthotel” around and on top of the closed pub.

East Ham-based Pure Let Greenwich Ltd won permission a year ago to build six new houses in the pub’s beer garden. Six months before that, it was refused permission to demolish the pub for what council planning officers called “poor quality” housing.

Pickwick pub on Woolwich Road
The Pickwick pub on Woolwich Road. Photo by Neil Clasper

Despite planning officers making clear that they thought the Pickwick was “a landmark building on Woolwich Road which makes a positive contribution to the surrounding area in general”, Pure Let has bought now returned with plans to surround it with serviced flats, including a two-bedroom penthouse at the top.

The proposal includes the yard next door, and a “bridge” building between the two sites through which there would be access to the houses, which already have approval. The pub would be open for business, the developers say.

Pickwick render
It doesn’t look much better from down below

Residents fought a campaign against the demolition of the Pickwick in 2018. Unlike its neighbours, the Rose of Denmark and the Angerstein Hotel, the pub – known as the Roupell Arms until the 1970s – is not listed.

You can read a summary of the application and submit comments to Greenwich Council (ref 20/1300/F) before 24 June.


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