Cutty Sark Gardens – a new look

Cutty Sark Gardens is a focus for visitors and tourist activity in Greenwich. A new ‘look’ was officially opened on May 28th 1999 which improves this important area. It has been a major project within the Greenwich SRB programme and will benefit local businesses with increased numbers of tourists and the local community with an improved public space. The area will hopefully become more inviting and safer with a smoother and more attractive surface.

Work began near the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and progressed eastwards around the Cutty Sark towards the Royal Naval College and Monument Gardens.

Planning permission was originally granted in January 1998. Works have included the demolition of the ‘Band Stand’ podium, re-levelling where appropriate and repaving the entire area of the Cutty Sark Gardens. The scheme includes the use of York stone, grey/black granite setts, light grey ‘Charnwood’ slabs, and red/brown ‘Tegular’ setts set out to complement each other, creating a more attractive meeting place.

Additional work has taken place on the Riverside Walk in front of the Royal Naval College. Here, again, York stone is being used to improve the quality of the pathway.

Further plans have been given the go-ahead to redevelop Greenwich Promenade, the landward area adjacent to Greenwich Pier. This will include a new ticketing area and covered piazza as well as a restaurant and public house. the two-storey construction will all be housed beneath a figure-8 shaped roof with the central part covering the piazza. However, owing to delays in obtaining permissions from various agencies for the work to begin, this has now been postponed until Autumn 2000 at the earliest.

Additionally, a new boardwalk will be constructed to the west of the Gypsy Moth dry dock to link through to the proposed (2017 – relocated to nearby Enderby Wharf – project finally abandoned November 2018) Greenwich East Liner Terminal.

Source: Greenwich even better
Greenwich Development Agency, May ’98, with additions

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