Lewisham Gateway - £250m project to transform Lewisham finally gets under way

News Shopper: Lewisham Gateway - £250m project to transform Lewisham finally gets underway Lewisham Gateway - £250m project to transform Lewisham finally gets underway

Work on a repeatedly delayed £250 regeneration scheme which will transform the area around Lewisham station is finally getting under way this month.

The Lewisham Gateway project will eventually replace the area round the huge, unloved, Loampit Vale roundabout with a new road layout, shops, around 800 homes and a town square.

News Shopper: Lewisham Gateway - £250m project to transform Lewisham finally gets underway

Built by Lewisham Gateway Developments and backed by Muse, the first phase will see the construction of two new buildings rising to 25 storeys high, plus the Confluence Place park where the Ravensbourne and Quaggy rivers meet.

This part of the site was previously used as the bus stand and is located between the DLR and Lewisham Road. To allow the work to proceed, part of Station Road has been closed until next spring.

From the summer, the roundabout, Loampit Vale, Station Road, Lewisham Road, Lewisham High Street and Molesworth Street will all be altered in phases over an 18-month period.

News Shopper: Lewisham Gateway - £250m project to transform Lewisham finally gets underway

Director of Lewisham Gateway Developments Doug Finlay said: "This is an important scheme which will benefit the community and deliver major improvements in many ways to Lewisham town centre.

"We have worked closely with our public sector partners to get to this point. Whilst there are several years of construction activity ahead of us, we are acutely aware of the need to keep the town centre moving and trading as we bring the scheme forward."

A website called NewLewisham.co.uk has been launched to keep people updated with the project along with the @NewLewisham Twitter account.

Progress on the flagship project - criticised by some as turning Lewisham into another Croydon - was given outline planning consent seven years ago but has repeatedly stalled since then. It was even dubbed not financially viable by Lewisham's planning chief when the financial crisis began to bite.

Developers have been unable to say when the rest of the phases might be carried out or provide an estimated date for the whole scheme's completion.

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12:01pm Thu 8 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

More turd polishing !
More turd polishing ! Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -22

3:40pm Thu 8 May 14

johnfirewall says...

Bit too much emphasis on access to the town centre. If this is the primary concern, why is there no detail on any pedestrian routes other than from the station? Just a weak justification for even more flats and a bit of a spruce up of the back of the station. While the town centre itself does a job, it's still a mess. What are we doing about that? Why is there still that ridiculous grassy mound and awful car park with more craters than the moon on Rennell Street. Give the public some faith in this this 'regeneration' and actually deal with some of the simply things before trying to reroute the whole town.
Bit too much emphasis on access to the town centre. If this is the primary concern, why is there no detail on any pedestrian routes other than from the station? Just a weak justification for even more flats and a bit of a spruce up of the back of the station. While the town centre itself does a job, it's still a mess. What are we doing about that? Why is there still that ridiculous grassy mound and awful car park with more craters than the moon on Rennell Street. Give the public some faith in this this 'regeneration' and actually deal with some of the simply things before trying to reroute the whole town. johnfirewall
  • Score: 8

5:27pm Thu 8 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

That area has been a building site for the last two years already.

The Loampit Vale roundabout is very handy for those of us who have to drive through Sharm on our way to somewhere else, as for the locals, where will the close knit community of Lithuanian cider swiggers go when their green spot at St Stephens Grove is gone?
That area has been a building site for the last two years already. The Loampit Vale roundabout is very handy for those of us who have to drive through Sharm on our way to somewhere else, as for the locals, where will the close knit community of Lithuanian cider swiggers go when their green spot at St Stephens Grove is gone? goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 4

6:47pm Sat 10 May 14

Major Boredom says...

Loampit Vale will be plunged into permanent darkness from all the high-rise developments blocking out the light. Those unlucky enough to be on the lower floors will find themselves having to have the lights on for most of the day. As for the two high-rise towers on the tiny plot that used to be the bus station, these are a testament to both the greed of Lewisham Council and the developers. Most of the flats will be either buy to let or sold to non-UK residents.

Lewisham has missed the opportunity to provide low-rise, good quality housing to the thousands of social housing candidates. Time to kick out Labour and give another party the chance.
Loampit Vale will be plunged into permanent darkness from all the high-rise developments blocking out the light. Those unlucky enough to be on the lower floors will find themselves having to have the lights on for most of the day. As for the two high-rise towers on the tiny plot that used to be the bus station, these are a testament to both the greed of Lewisham Council and the developers. Most of the flats will be either buy to let or sold to non-UK residents. Lewisham has missed the opportunity to provide low-rise, good quality housing to the thousands of social housing candidates. Time to kick out Labour and give another party the chance. Major Boredom
  • Score: -2

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