A listed Woolwich building dating back to 1739 could be demolished to make way for a new square beside the Crossrail station.

With an estimated 15 million people predicted annually at the new Crossrail station by 2026, developer Berkeley Homes wants to build a new square and has submitted a planning application to Greenwich Council.

But the plan would see Grade II-listed Building 11, a former officers' quarters, knocked down to make room for the square and "transport interchange facilities".

The building, in a poor state of repair and on English Heritage's at risk register, is currently protected by sheeted scaffold and a temporary roof.

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In their planning application, Berkeley write: "Quite apart from the poor state of the existing building and its diminished significance in heritage terms, the basic problem is that the very close proximity of 
the building to the Crossrail station poses a serious constraint on the available public realm that will be required to handle the projected number of pedestrians."

Consultation meetings are being held tomorrow (Nov 28) from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Square.