Royal Woolwich Arsenal

Until its closure in December 1994, The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich had been a strategic military complex and armaments factory since the 17th Century.

Location:  London
Client: Berkeley Homes
Cost: £80m

At its peak in the First World War, over 80,000 people were employed at the site, which is located on the south bank of the River Thames in London. Manufacturing finally ceased in 1967 and the historic Arsenal gradually fell into disrepair. It is also the original home of Arsenal Football Club before it moved to its current Highbury location in North London.

Blyth & Blyth are responsible for the design and supervision of the M&E services to the dwellings, as well as developing the site wide infrastructure for gas, water, electric, telephone, CCTV, access control and television services. In total the site covers some 76 acres (31 hectares). The five phases of the project will take approximately four and a half years to complete at a cost in the region of £82M.

Blyth & Blyth have also recently been appointed by Berkeley Homes to develop the structure of Building 22, which is one of the largest buildings on the site, and will be refurbished to include over 300 new apartments.

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