Listing victory jeopardises 700-home Woolwich scheme

Spray Street Quarter by Panter Hudspith Architects and Glenn Howells Architects

Campaigners demand rethink of Panter Hudspith and Glenn Howells proposals as 1930s market wins grade II status

A run-down but pioneering 1930s market building in south London has been awarded grade II-listed status in a move likely to necessitate a major redraw of a 700-home town-centre regeneration scheme.

Government heritage adviser Historic England last week gave Woolwich Public Market crucial national recognition because of its Lamella roof structure – which it said was the earliest of its kind known to survive in the country, and which has a 29-metre span.

Demolishing the market, along with a selection of locally listed Victorian and Edwardian shops and an inter-war neo-Georgian employment exchange, was a key element of regeneration plans for Woolwich, drawn up by Panter Hudspith Architects and Glenn Howells Architects.

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