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Peabody get moving with Thamesmead blocks

Peabody are finally starting to move after years of delays on constructing 525 new homes in Thamesmead at the former Tavy Bridge site.

After years of missed deadlines and glacial progress building staff have been on site and detailed plans of future building frontages and materials have been submitted to Bexley Council.

This shot from Bexley is Bonkers shows the area behind Lakeside Medical Centre where new builds will rise:

Courtesy Bexley is Bonkers

Buildings will top out around the same level as towers in the area. Many are – or will  be – demolished though some nearby towers were refurbished before the project got off the ground.

Peabody are years behind original plans timelines and some other tower blocks are seeing refurbishment as original plans to demolish are far behind schedule. they are still projected to eventually come down.

This part of Thamesmead comes under Housing Zone designation. A new library, shops, public space and water features are planned:

New library

Plans for anew library were approved after a design competition. It faces onto Southmere Lake.

Four years and counting.

With builders and plant on site we can now expect work to proceed in providing a new heart for this part of Thamesmead.

One thing to mention – will it be marketed as Thamesmead or will developers and estate agents try to call it Abbey Wood? It’s in close proximity to the Elizabeth Line station.

The triangular building is earlier library draft.

They wouldn’t be the first to try to rebrand this part of town and airbrush history.

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8 Comments

  1. Joe

    Of course they will sell them as Abbey Wood, if the bookies would take a bet on it id put my money on it.

    On a more serious note its great to finally see some work at the site, The remaining Binsey Walk Flats have now been fenced of with security on site so assuming demolition of these soon. Coralline Walk id say is also now around 90% vacant.

  2. CB

    How nice that you know what’s going on and share it. Sadly, Peabody have not found it necessary to update residents involved in the demolition process and the timeline changes – apparently, they have no information they can give, despite regular requests over several years. Residents can only assume that the original deadline, therefore, still stands of us being given the keys to our new homes in March 2019 as we’ve not been advised otherwise! Appalling lack of communication throughout given our homes are the ones being demolished in due course. Thank you for updating us.

  3. CDT

    Thank you for the update. It is nice to see work finally beginning to start.on this site My aunt moved to Bisney Walk when the properties were newly built and at that time her post code was SE2 (Abbey Wood) before the new SE28 post code was introduced for Thamesmead as the area grow with hundreds of new homes.

  4. Rodster

    Finally something is happening. At the moment its a complete eyesore and has been for years. It would be great, once completed, if some of these artist impressions actually resemble reality

  5. Gabriel

    might be a wise idea to rename Thamesmead into Abbey Wood North – stigma off, sadly what is needed. (this not a disrepect to Thamesmead residents itself – it’s the new [re]generation)

  6. sam hanley

    I grew up here and I think it was fine the way it was it will just be the same thing just with new buildings I don’t get it

    • Well, they are displacing a lot of people, so it will be different. Also, they did gradually degrade the area, depriving it of shops, pubs etc.. So now they will rebuild with everything in place. The sole reason, of course, is the improvement in transportation links, so that they can squeeze more $$$ out of each square foot. Classic scheming with current trend of brainwash of how an urban environment must be and what is good for the people. Once they need to redevelop, that tune will change again and architecture will be blamed for social problems, all contributing to unnecessary, costly improvements leading to unsustainable “quality of life”.

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