View of Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park Observatory © Wikimedia
The Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) has a unique mix of heritage, natural environment, historic and contemporary places and architecture.
It comprises the longest continuous riverfront of all London boroughs, the world renowned Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site, a compelling green infrastructure of parks and woods and a vibrant set of town, district and local centres, including historic Greenwich, Woolwich, Eltham and Greenwich Peninsula. It is home to five of London’s Opportunity Areas, accommodating substantial new development, new communities and spaces.
The Council is committed to ensuring that high quality design and architecture is achieved for all developments in the royal borough, to assist in preserving and enhancing its unique places and ensuring good growth through inclusive and sustainable design, tailored to local needs.
Greenwich University, Heneghan Peng Architects © Hufton Crow
This objective is embedded in Core Strategy policy DH1 (Design), which states: “All developments are required to be of a high quality of design and to demonstrate that they positively contribute to the improvement of both the built and natural environments”. This is supported and strengthened by the Urban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (adopted in 2023), which provides further guidance on delivering high quality design and architecture in Royal Greenwich.
The Greenwich Design Review Panel is chaired by Jay Gort, founding director at Gort Scott.
The Officers House, Royal Arsenal © AHHM
Greenwich panel members
Jay Gort (chair)
Ken Okonkwo (vice chair)
Tatiana von Preussen