In December 2015, the site of Abbey Place was purchased with consent for a hotel as well as apartments. However, we returned to the drawing board with the award-winning architect group Shedkm. In October 2017, a resolution to grant planning permission for an enhanced scheme of 245 apartments was granted. The City Hall confirmed their approval of the planning permission in January 2018. Work began on this highly energy efficient site in the third quarter of 2018 and as ever, we continued to consult with stakeholders in the local community. Abbey Place is a new public square and the landscape was designed by BCA Landscape. It is situated next to Abbey Wood Crossrail station and acts as a gateway to Thamesmead regeneration area.