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Strictly come househunting in London

8th September 2008 Print
It is well documented that London's creative quarters have seen increasing popularity in recent years. The rapid rise in prices in areas such as Hoxton, Shoreditch and the South Bank is reflective of an influx of wealthy and creative buyers from both the UK and further afield, keen to experience the bohemian approach to life evident in London's most creative neighbourhoods.

However, another as yet little-known, but rapidly growing creative community is beginning to make its presence felt as London's newest creative quarter - Greenwich Creekside. The home of the leading Laban Centre contemporary dance school is forming the hub of a burgeoning new creative quarter focused around the award-winning school, designed by Tate Modern architects Herzog and De Meuron.

The school has recently been forming alliances with local institutions such as Goldsmiths College, Albany Theatre, Trinity College of Music and the Blackheath Conservatoire. There are also discussions of a jazz academy coming to this location, making this part of the London Borough of Greenwich an artistic and cultural hub of southeast London to rival that of Hoxton and Shoreditch.

Feeding the growing desire for high quality accommodation in the area, global property adviser DTZ is now marketing the impressive new Greenwich Creekside development, being built by developer Telford Homes. Located alongside the Laban Centre, the overall development, named Creekside Village, will be a mixed-use, five-acre scheme, which will include up to 900 apartments in total with three striking glass towers connected by a podium with 300,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Due for completion from late 2010, Greenwich Creekside consists of four apartment buildings, ranging from eight to 17 storeys in height, featuring a sleek modern look in steel and glass, complementing the nearby dance school's clean, linear architecture.

The scheme features an extremely modern approach to interior specification too - finishes to an exceptional standard mixed with meticulous attention to internal layout, coupled with the convenience of a dedicated 24-hour concierge service for residents. The first building to go on sale, The Adagio Apartments, will offer one, two and three bedroom properties. Limited car parking is available as an optional extra in a secured basement car park.

Fiona Halsey, Associate Director of DTZ, comments: "Creekside Village's growing reputation as a creative quarter will undoubtedly bring with it a wave of creative people looking to settle near the area and enjoy access to its growing range of facilities. Greenwich Creekside caters to that market with a range of homes that are designed to appeal to the modern and stylish tastes of London's creative community."

Deptford Creek is the last tidal stretch of the River Ravensbourne before it flows into a part of the River Thames known as Greenwich Reach. The Creek lies partly in the Borough of Lewisham and partly in the Borough of Greenwich.

Situated 250m south of the River Thames, Greenwich Creekside forms the western half of the whole new Creekside Village development, adjacent to Deptford Creek. The scheme will rejuvenate the area by establishing a vibrant and creative community and opening the area up with better access by public transport and on foot. The development will contain a jazz venue and theatre as well as covered walkways to create a communal ‘Piazza', and a new footbridge over the Creek to enhance access to Greenwich station. Greenwich town centre and Greenwich Park are all within easy reach on foot, cycling or by bus.

Greenwich Creekside is also served by excellent public transport links - Cutty Sark, Greenwich and Deptford Bridge DLR stations with fast access to The City and Canary Wharf are all close by, as are the mainline stations of Greenwich and Deptford which also provide access to The City, West End and out towards Kent.

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