Construction starts on 758-room Lewisham student tower

Demolition of the former Carpetright in Lewisham is now complete with construction quickly underway on a 35-floor tower comprising 758 student rooms.

The quick movement after demolition could be because the original timescale slipped:

Construction schedule

TfL dropped opposition to the project in July this year after initial concerns it would impact upon Bakerloo Line station plans at the current bus stand next door.

Site now cleared for tower to rise in 2020

Another block of 20 floors alongside the main tower will include 40 social-rented flats and 27 for shared-ownership.

Overview of site

Tide Construction are now on site and promise rapid construction to to “innovative” modular building methods. They also constructed an 11-storey student block along Thurston Road.

In Wembley they constructed a 28-storey tower in just a year.

Previous Tide block

There’s no movement at L&Gs planned adjacent development further west on the current Sports Direct, Poundland and Matalan site.

Planned for retail park. Many new homes in Lewisham are planned as Build to Rent

The developers behind the neighbouring project are Legal and General. Yesterday they announced partnerships for 3,500 homes so that site could soon move forward.

The deal is for additional “affordable” homes through Housing Associations, though given many are of the increasingly notorious shared-ownership variety, how that will help the housing crises remains to be seen.

L&G plans in Lewisham

Some analysts have also seen the Build-to-Rent model that L&G are pursuing as an answer to housing need, though so far BTR prices have been extremely high in many developments and if that remains the case, then it’s no real solution to housing problems.




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One thought on “Construction starts on 758-room Lewisham student tower

  • December 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    758 students and a cooker in every room with 1 stairwell for the whole building. What could go wrong?


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