Lewisham’s next tallest tower located beside station is rising

Work on Lewisham’s next tallest tower at Connington Road is now up to floor number two.

When complete the block will reach over 100 metres and top out at 34-storeys.

View of tower

Land was formerly used as a Tesco car park and sold to Meyer Homes alongside Tesco-owned land in Woolwich and Dartford.

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick approved the Lewisham proposal for 365 homes on appeal in June 2020.

Tesco retained the petrol station

A viewing area will be constructed on the top floor.

Mid rise element in red brick
Other blocks

The tower is not the only element of this project, with a separate mid-rise section just to the west.

Further advanced

Work is split into two area, with one block up to floor number four and another plot seeing preparatory work:

Work underway in foreground

The tower is beside Platform 4 which would provide a handy entrance to the station, except an existing entrance was permanently closed a couple of years ago:

Now permanently closed. Connex colours visible

A couple of reasons were given – safety and a lack of ticket barriers.

Recently completed student tower not featured

Neither seem insurmountable. When at the station ticket barriers were open anyway.

As previously mentioned on this site, another entrance constructed the other side of Lewisham station beside Platform 1 has not opened alongside a new tower in recent months, due to a lack of cash and staff for fit out and staffing ticket gates.

Residents begun moving in last month to tower beside Platform 1. New station entrance not open to public or residents

Lack of staffing and funding is likely to mean two entrances remain closed indefinitely. With the Treasury demanding large cuts on rail, it’s possible other areas of London and the country that do enjoy greater staffing will be pulled down to the low levels of Southeastern metro.

With passenger numbers now rising, that is going to lead to a tight squeeze and congestion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

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