Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery move into new carbon minus home in Woolwich, designed by Scott Brownrigg


The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery moved into their new carbon minus home at Napier Lines in Woolwich, Greenwich earlier today. The occasion was marked by a parade through the streets of Woolwich, as residents welcomed the army unit’s return, following 65 years at St John’s Wood Barracks.

Scott Brownrigg was responsible for the design and planning of the new £16m Woolwich development on behalf of the former Defence Estates, now DIO and Morgan Sindall. It provides stabling and full support facilities for 170 horses as well as the troop’s history gun carriages. Sustainability has been the driving feature of the BREEAM “Excellent” development, which uses fuel pellets created from horse manure and bedding to produce sufficient bio-fuel to supply the needs of this ‘carbon minus facility, which exports surplus fuel off-site.   In addition the development includes solar chimneys which provide natural stack ventilation to the horse stables; rainwater harvesting which provides large volumes of water for general use in the stables, and reduces water use throughout the site; and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) which manage surface water drainage on site including soakaways.

The development incorporates extensive equine training facilities. These include an indoor training school and viewing gallery, regimental offices, museum, gun park, forge, a ménage and canter track and a forming-up area for the mounted troop and gun carriages.  The adjacent Woolwich Common will also be regenerated to be used for training on an all-weather surfaced area.