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New Greenwich pier gets go-ahead
Artist's impression of the pier redevelopment at Greenwich

Plans to redevelop the historic pier at Greenwich have been given the go-ahead by the local council.

Three new pavilions will be constructed on the world heritage site, designed by Conran and Partners.

Like their neighbour the Cutty Sark, the pavilions will be made of wood and copper - materials used extensively in traditional boat building.

The development will also include boat ticketing kiosks, a new pier and three cafe/bar restaurants.

The site of the approved development is currently being used as a car park on the eastern side of the pier.

'User-friendly'

Paul Zara, director of Conran and Partners, said the new pier would take its inspiration from the Cutty Sark but would be "resolutely modern".

"We are opening up the site for visitors and fundamentally improving the experience for riverboat users," he continued.

"Millions of people visit the Cutty Sark and the World Heritage Site each year and use the river boats," said Clive Lynton of developer Stonehurst Estates.

"We will make the whole experience so much more attractive, user-friendly and enjoyable."

The 6m scheme could be ready by the end of 2008.


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