Construction work is now well underway beside Lewisham station that’ll bring 649 homes, a cinema, shops and new link between the station and town centre.
Work started on the western half of the site, where the concrete frame reached about six floors before halting as work began on the eastern half.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that’s it though, as work will recommence with a 30-floor tower and long slab-like block set to rise soon after the hiatus.
A central spine will offer a link between Lewisham station and the town centre and shopping centre – which is due to be demolished in the mid term.
These two images show an entrance to the site at the main road crossing when approaching from Lewisham town centre:
The cinema will be located on the right behind the four storey building. Here’s how this view looks right now:
This view is looking towards Lewisham station now and upon completion:
Still many floors to go:
Homes on site will be build to rent from Get Living. Many blocks now rising across London and other major cities are using the build to rent model – which is renting privately from a corporate landlord. See yesterday’s post on Mast Quay in Woolwich, recent rejection of blocks in Woolwich at MacBean Street and an Abbey Wood tower covered yesterday.
As anyone who has been through knows, street level is pretty grim in many places. Traffic chocked and crowded, pedestrians can mostly avoid it once the development completes, though those waiting for a bus can’t.
How that is resolved is an unknown. A roundabout was removed for what now exists – yet traffic is clogged. Though new developments here are car-free, they’ll be no shortage of vehicles arriving via taxis and online shopping.
DLR frequencies are due to increase when new trains arrive. That should be between 2024-26.
Just around the corner it was notable how street level frontages have been a failure at blocks along Loampit Vale. Many commercial units are still empty after many years, and the street frontage of Glassmill leisure centre is looking very tired.
Of course it’s not the only development bringing a tower. A short hop away is Lewisham’s new student block:
Balfour Beatty are working on the £252 million scheme for developer Muse. This is stage two of a project which has so far seen 362 homes built in four blocks directly beside Lewisham station. While they have a pretty regimented grid like façade, stage two has random cladding and colour scheme. It looks a case of throw it and see what sticks. It could go horrendously wrong or surprise us all.
In renders much cladding looks garish and/or dated. I expect some further detailed plans on the exterior to be submitted and will keep an eye out.
The first stage of development also opened up parts of the river Quaggy and Ravensbourne:
Upon completion there will also be 1,500m² of “co-working space” and a 1,500m² Energy Centre with district heating. That co-working space should come in handy with changing work patterns.
On the other side of Lewisham station, work is now underway on homes on the former Tesco car park. Work is starting on the midrise section initially rather than the 34-storey tower.