Tower block shell at Maydew House sees demolition contract awarded

The empty shell of a former residential tower block is set to be be demolished after a decade-long saga comes to an end.

Southwark Council have previously spent more than £15 million on scrapped plans for refurbishment. Now a £2.3 million contract has been signed to bring it down.

Planned for renovation and extension since 2012, the building saw residents evicted with five additional storeys to be added to pay for repairs for the rest of the building.

Visible from train. new builds at Surrey Quays and Rotherhithe can be seen rising behind

Plans were approved in 2018. In recent years the council then stated it wasn’t viable to renovate and instead opted for demolition.

The shell of the building has long been a striking sight on trains to and from London Bridge. It’s located on the other side of Southwark Park to Surrey Quays shopping centre.

Maydew House viewed from train. Buildings on right recently had rooftop extensions

A new development is likely in its place. Given it’s council land and severe pressure for new truly affordable homes in Southwark and beyond is getting worse, we await what plans are drawn up.

Demolition is expected to start in spring 2024 and take around a year to complete.

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