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Greenwich Millennium Village (002)

002 - An award-winning new neighbourhood

Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV), an award winning new neighbourhood in London, has delivered high sustainability and design standards across the development. The most established of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Millennium Communities, the project has transformed a former gas works into a thriving 21st century community.

The project is an ambitious mixed use development which will comprise over 2,700 homes, community facilities and commercial space. Contemporary architecture and high quality public realm are designed to suit the local microclimate. Materials have been selected for green credentials and modern technology ensures the construction of an environmentally sustainable village. GMV was the first substantial private development in the UK to achieve EcoHomes excellent.

Creating an inclusive, sustainable community has been key to this development. This has been promoted through early provision of community facilities and a community website, development of a village trust and a mix of housing types and tenures. Excellent public transport links help to make this a highly practical place to live.

This project demonstrates what can be achieved through a partnership between public and private sector partners, GMVL (a Joint Venture between Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey) which is committed to delivering quality.

“People like innovation - something that is a bit different. But design is also about quality of internal spaces/light, sustainable building and the public realm. Planning puts too much emphasis on just the external aspects of buildings. Future energy consumption is absolutely key. Too often the public realm is left out and the quality of landscape poor. A more integrated approach is needed.” Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman, Countryside Properties.

Other Information

  • Location: London Borough of Greenwich
  • Project Team: Key partners: English Partnerships Developer: Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd, JV Countryside Properties, Taylor Woodrow Wimpey Developments, Moat Housing Group, Ujima Masterplanner: Tovatt Architects, Erskine Architect: Tovatt Architects, Broadway Maylan, Proctor and Matthews, Erskine
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High sustainability and design standards have been achieved at Greenwich Millennium Village, the most established of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Millennium Communities.

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