- Transformed 121 Ha of Brown field site
- Green building materials such as split bricks and zinc sheeting
- aim to cut primary energy use by 80%
- To expand until 2015 with an integrated village shopping and community centre
- By 2008, 1 095 homes and a village square with shops had been completed: 1 843 more homes planned
- Importance of a natural environment has been emphasized throughout the development: 3 areas of parkland including an ecology park + improving the riverside environment.
- Britain`s first low-energy Sainsbury
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- Only way to get from GMV to Greenwich is by the infrequent 129 bus so lacks an integrated transport system
- It is cut off from surrounding traditional Edwardian and Victorian areas by Blackwall flyover
- It is very well connected to Canary Wharf, where most of its inhabitants work but this causes early morning bottlenecks.
- Although planned to be self-contained, many residents work elsewhere
- Few families are to be seen – so it is nicknamed the “Yuppie Village” – a middle-income young professional enclave with extremely high rents and flat prices.
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