Step off the train or DLR in Lewisham and you can’t fail to see massive changes across the town over the past few years.
If the DLR was your preferred choice of transport then the first main building visible is likely to be Lewisham Gateway’s next phase which’ll offer a pedestrian link between the station and Lewisham town centre upon completion.
There’s no beating about the bush with this site; the massing of some parts of development are hulking.
Clearly there’s no cladding as yet though it’ll be very difficult to mitigate this brut which sits beside busy bus stops.
This is phase two of Lewisham Gateway which is set to see 650 homes, shops and a cinema. Phase one say around 350 homes.
Retail space in phase two totals 25,000 square foot, 15,000 sq ft is food/drinking outlets and 10,000 sq ft of office space.
Most housing is build to rent and set to be operated by Get Living.
Cladding that has been applied doesn’t bode too well. Much is a rather dreary grey (see the top of the tower in the shot above). This alternates with lighter cladding alongside seen on the western façade.
Gold balconies look a bit tacky to boot on the tower. Gold and grey cladding will be applied:
This is phase two of Lewisham Central. Phase one comprised towers immediately next to Lewisham station constructed in recent years.
A quick swing left upon leaving the station reveals the side where a future cinema will be located.
Very little cladding is yet applied to the blocks containing the future cinema, though a checkerboard pattern is clear to see, as shown in renders.
These clashing materials and forms lift up nearby buildings with clearly defined facades.
To the north of the tracks lies another development. This is Meyer Homes’ tower on a former car park sold by Tesco.
The tallest building has now topped out and can be seen through those earlier Lewisham Gateway towers:
That block will rise above 30 floors. The tower is just one element, with mid-rise blocks now making a mark to the north west.
Nearby is Lewisham Exchange which topped out last year and is now occupied:
In future Lewisham shopping centre will be also redeveloped with 2,500 homes planned.
The Bakerloo Line was supposed to help alleviate population pressures in coming decades but now seems all but cancelled.
Relief for Lewisham station is also on the backburner. Network Rail announced a study into future expansion before the pandemic but little has been heard. Government cuts to rail will be playing a factor there.
Even modest improvements to the station are in stalemate. The Lewisham Exchange tower includes a new entrance to the station and is mothballed.
Meyer Homes’ tower and adjacent blocks are beside Platform 4 where a station entrance and exit was locked shut around a decade ago. There are no plans to reopen.
Another site now well underway is to the south of the town centre at Axion House.
A Travelodge hotel has also opened near Lewisham hospital.
And finally to the north there’s the final stages of major estate rebuilds, with 443 homes underway.
One major issue throughout all this is the dire, congested road layout.
The old roundabout has gone – and it presented major severance between the station and town centre, but the new layout is far from ideal: