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.
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.
A viewing area will be constructed on the top floor.
The tower is not the only element of this project, with a separate mid-rise section just to the west.
Work is split into two area, with one block up to floor number four and another plot seeing preparatory work:
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:
A couple of reasons were given – safety and a lack of ticket barriers.
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.
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.