One of the largest regeneration sites in Europe, Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal Riverside development has a rich and colourful history dating well beyond its military roots. Reflecting the importance of the development, Berkeley was invited to contribute a chapter to a book edited by Dr Celia Clark of the University of Portsmouth and Dr Samer Bagaeen of the University of Brighton on the sustainable regeneration of ex-military sites across the world.
Having worked closely with Berkeley on a placemaking and sales PR campaign for Royal Arsenal Riverside, Camargue was brought on board to deliver a thoughtful study of the site’s history: from Iron Age fort, to its days as Woolwich Dockyard under Henry VIII’s and its role in the World Wars to the present day.
Spanning hundreds of years and thousands of words, the project showcases the role that Berkeley has played in transforming a formerly redundant defence site into a thriving new destination in London. Once complete there will be over 5,000 homes, a buzzing commercial hub and new cultural centre for people to enjoy.
As well as contributing to a key chapter in history, Berkeley is repurposing the study for use in its own coffee-table book to share the story with residents and the broader property community.