A recently completed tower in Lewisham containing 758 student rooms alongside flats and shop units is now open, and I popped over to have a look at the site.
This development includes what was supposed to be a new Lewisham station entrance with new public realm outside.
The proposed station entrance can be seen here in the corner between two blocks:
This plan was featured on the approved planning application:
So far not a single commercial unit on the site is occupied.
This leaves the square feeling rather sad – as indeed do other parts of Loampit Vale.
For an area with so many high density buildings, commercial units are empty in a number of areas.
Lewisham could have an entrance to platforms 1 and 4, though currently has neither. Platform 4’s entrance was permanently closed around five years ago:
High density developments continue in the wider area, with Lewisham Gateway visible here:
Below we can see how the station entrance should have linked to Southeastern’s platform 1, with connections to other platforms.
The final development somewhat differed from earlier plans in 2017:
That isn’t a blank wall lining the road; it just appeared that way. Thankfully that idea was scrapped.
Brick tones changed and arches are now evident:
Cycle stands have been placed alongside Loampit Vale alongside a number of trees:
Paving is nice and wide here too.
The building gives a pleasing appearance when catching evening light:
There’s a nice consistency to the elevation. No woeful random cladding here.
Now all we need is some good shops and places to hang out, and the station entrance to open.
That means Southeastern staff to watch ticket gates, which means it’s unlikely anytime soon.