Spanning historic industrial buildings on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London, the new event and culture hub will open its doors on Thursday 23rd September 2021. Originally due to launch in 2020, Woolwich Works opening has been delayed by ongoing disruption to building works and increased safety measures as a result of Covid-19. With the majority of construction nearly complete, internal fitting will soon begin followed by finishing touches.
Woolwich Works has transformed five historic buildings on the Royal Arsenal into what is set to become a new space for events and the arts. The multi-million pound council-led project will provide extensive event and conference facilities across seven flexible spaces with a maximum capacity of 1,200 in theatre style.
Featuring a flat floor space, two main event spaces, an external courtyard and studios. Woolwich Works has been configured with Covid-19 guidelines in mind. As a newly designed and created venue, Woolwich Works features a significant investment in technology capable of hosting digital and hybrid events, supported by dedicated on-site technicians.
Woolwich works will also offer local residents access to music, theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions, food and drink. Woolwich Works and its resident artistic companies will work with the local community and schools on projects and schemes once the district has officially launched, alongside creating jobs in the area.
Woolwich Works will be home to performing arts companies including theatre Punchdrunk, Europe’s first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra Chineke! Orchestra, as well as National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Greenwich-based dance company Protein and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.
Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Danny Thorpe: “Woolwich is the civic and cultural centre of the borough, and now it will be an event and arts destination for people from across London, England and beyond. Our residents will benefit from new jobs and the extra visitors will bring money into the local economy, as well as all of the opportunities that will arise from having a world class facility like this on our doorstep. People have long said that London is shifting east, and to be opening Woolwich Works in our part of the city is further proof of that.”