High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
The town centre suffers high levels of vacancy in historic properties at its eastern end. The High Street Heritage Action Zone aims to help reconnect the historic retail core, working with other major initiatives to deliver widespread regeneration.
Woolwich is home to a number of historic buildings, including the Grade II* Town Hall, the former Granada and Odeon cinemas, alongside grand shopping parades and early cooperative buildings. A new Crossrail Station and the Queen Elizabeth Line are driving rapid growth here. We have already seen the regeneration of the Royal Arsenal as a Cultural Quarter.
Some historic buildings in Woolwich Conservation Area are run-down and others are being changed, particularly at street level, masking and damaging their heritage and character. Vacant shops are also a growing problem.
The High Street Heritage Action Zone will: Improve links from the Royal Arsenal to the town centre via Beresford Square market; Restore shop fronts and facades, and explore how buildings can be repurposed; Deliver cultural events promoting local history and diversity; Make improvements to the public open spaces to make them more attractive and welcoming.
It is hoped that the scheme will attract residents from the Royal Arsenal and nearby communities to the market and the town centre, increasing spend and footfall, supporting local businesses and increasing the diversity of what's on offer in the town centre for residents.
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