Construction vehicles have rolled onto a large patch of land in Lewisham town centre as preliminary work begins on a large new development bringing homes, shops and a cinema.
Get Living will provide 649 homes for private rent with the tallest building topping out at 30 floors.
A cinema is planned and will be the last to arrive. Delays have pushed it to 2023.
Phase 1 saw four blocks built with the final completed in 2019.
Lewisham Gateway phase 2 has seen delays with the site laying empty since the roundabout was removed some years ago. In the recent past work was due to begin in winter 2019, then spring and finally summer 2020 due to recent events.
Block 1 faces bus stops along Rennell Street. Buildings are pretty monolithic on this stretch with slab massing:
A central spine through the site will connect Lewisham station, Confluence Place and the town centre.
The path through the centre will link to a current road crossing shown below installed when roads were reworked:
Like many shopping centres, the Lewisham Centre line for redevelopment.
In 2018 owners Land Securities stated: “We see excellent potential for a new town centre at Lewisham, with our ownership of Lewisham Shopping Centre, SE13 forming the core of a potential 8.3 acre mixed use destination”.
This development is close to Lewisham Exchange which is now seeing a 34-storey tower rising off Loampit Vale. That is predominantly for students.