Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paynes & Borthwick Wharves on the move again

Today's property section in the Hong Kong Standard carries an article singing the praises of the Paynes & Borthwick Wharves development in Borthwick Street, Deptford. Works on the site stopped about four years ago when the property market crashed.

Hong Kong newspapers are usually better at checking facts than their English counterparts, but on this occasion there appears to a slight failure. Writer Xavier Ng would have us believe that:

"The development is adjacent to the 74-hectare Greenwich Park, the oldest of London's enclosed royal parks, providing a balance of the hustle and bustle with a grassland habitat for birds, fallow and red deer."

but we are, for once, also informed that:

"Deptford and Greenwich areas provide a full range of bars and restaurants with a wide range of cuisines, from African to Malaysian."

An exhibition for potential buyers takes place at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel (15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong) from 11.00am - 7.00pm Friday - Sunday 10th - 12th Feb.

The social housing partner for Paynes & Borthwick Wharves is Hexagon Housing Association who inform us that the original s106 that provided for 44 socially rented flats and 43 shared ownership flats has been amended to require merely the 44 socially rented properties.


  1. would the 44 socially rented properties be immediately next to the electricity substation I wonder?

  2. Most of the flats will be pretty close to the grid substation. As far as I remember the original plans there were two blocks on the Borthwick side of the site with the building on the riverside exclusively private.

    When the development was first proposed Julian and I speculated on whether occupants would be able to turn their kitchen lights off, but Building Regulations nowadays require sealed lighting units in kitchens and bathrooms so flourescent tubes are rarely installed in residential properties.

  3. Is being so close to the substation dangerous?