The significance of Woolwich will increase as development continues and local plans acknowledge the advantages of drawing on culture. The area's rich heritage, proximity of the Thames and open spaces have aided recent regeneration. Local diversity, contemporary cultural and creative industry assets present further opportunities to widen the area's influence and appeal.
The local regeneration team commissioned a study to set out the potential for Woolwich to develop a distinct cultural offer to complement other town centres and cultural strengths within the Royal Borough. The research engaged spatial mapping techniques, surveys and action research to explore the value of existing assets. Catchment and gap analysis were employed to review the needs of residential growth and opportunities to connect regeneration and cultural development priorities. The work draws together a vision and specific opportunities for culture to contribute to community, economic and spatial regeneration to assist partners advocate a stronger, shared, approach to place shaping.
The work draws together a vision and opportunities for culture to contribute to ambitions for community, economic and spatial regeneration to assist partners advocate a stronger, shared approach to place shaping.
The project's formal mapping was developed with Cities Institute (London Metropolitan University) as a pilot for the Culture and Sport Physical Asset Mapping Toolkit commissioned by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, 2010.
The toolkit methodology can be downloaded here:
DCMS Mapping Toolkit pdf