The latest look at Lewisham town centre development

As it’s been a few weeks here another look at one of Lewisham’s biggest developments located right outside the town’s station.

Since it was last covered there’s been little sign of what businesses will occupy retail units across the site, unless I’ve missed the obvious.

View from near Lewisham police station

Hopefully more on that soon. Lewisham Gateway is bringing 649 flats and 119 co-living spaces. Think student dorms for those who aren’t students.

These posts do become a tad repetitive if you read them regularly, so sorry about that, but for those unaware a new shop-lined pedestrian route runs through the site offering a link between the DLR and Southeastern station to the town centre.

Station on left sits beside new builds. Path will run between buildings above through the site

A quick trip up to the top floor of Lewisham shopping centre car park (always a good vantage point to observe change) shows some generous paving space beside the currently congested pavement space beside bus stops.

Excuse the railing – it wasn’t possible to move camera any further

More cladding is now visible across all buildings on site giving a clearer picture of how the site will shape up.

The bulky massing of a block along Rennell Street has gold and silver with perforated balcony panels.

Rennell Street facade

The other side of the site facing the northern part of Lewisham High Street has somewhat dated red and black “randomised” panels.


For me the best side is that facing the station and phase one of Lewisham Gateway.

Phase one to right. New phase on left

This is a more rhythmic frontage avoiding some of the apparent messiness and clashing colours seen elsewhere.

It’s all coming along reasonably quickly and completion doesn’t appear to be too far off.

The tallest tower now appears all but complete externally.

Looking towards Lewisham towers from Elverson Road DLR station

Now we await to see what units are taken up and by whom – and whether the cinema opens.

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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.

    7 thoughts on “The latest look at Lewisham town centre development

    • Please highlight the absence of safe bike routes around there – it’s only a matter of time until a bad accident will happen there. Also: why is there no secure bike parking ?

    • Drove past yesterday, it looks like they’ve built a replica of a 1980’s shopping centre. It’s no mean feat to make something look so badly dated before you’ve even completed it.

    • Fantastic info. Looks like there will be a decent choice of retail. Thanks for sharing.

    • has anyone any Idea what will happen to the shops situated at the Rennell Street end of Lewisham High Street?


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