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Greenwich Millennium Village:

an adaptable model for housing set within a lively and intimate environment

Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd
Contract value:
£65 million
RB Greenwich, London
Completion date:
Project status:
Civic Trust Award 2004
World Wildlife Fund/House Builders Federation Sustainable New Homes Award 2004
Housing Design Award, Sustainability Award, 2001

Greenwich Millennium Village provides a new sustainable urban quarter of approximately 3000 mixed tenure homes on the Greenwich peninsula in south-east London. Phase 2 designed by Proctor and Matthews provides 372 of these innovative new homes built on the principle of the traditional London square, creating streets and public spaces scaled to provide a lively, intimate and secure environment.

The project was required to meet stringent environmental targets, including reductions in both primary and embodied energy of 30% and 50% respectively, and construction waste by up to 50%. Water consumption, construction costs and project duration were similarly targeted for reductions of up to 30%. Phase 2 exceeded these targeted expectations.

The new homes have been designed to meet the needs of 21st century living with flexibility and adaptability in mind. Sliding walls and transitional spaces between living and sleeping areas enable apartment layouts to be either open plan or cellular encouraging a variety of uses.

Prefabricated construction techniques were employed throughout the project to deliver rapid construction, quality, cost targets requirements and strive towards a culture of zero-defects.

‘The scheme contains a blueprint of a new approach to high density housing. It was designed for environmental sustainability and shows how architecture can be adapted to changing social patterns.’ Lucy Bullivant, Architectural Critic, The Financial Times.

Greenwich Millennium Village