Work is underway to build more than 100 units at the site of a former World War-II manufacturing compound near Bromley.

Construction has begun on the former Maybrey Foundry site in Lower Sydenham, after work to clear the former industrial buildings that dotted the property was finished.

In their place will be 108 residential apartments, comprising of one, two, and three-bedroom units, as well as new ground-floor business space in a development titled Maybrey Works.

It’s a new use for the site which has previously been harnessed for industrial work – including during the second World War, when it was the location of to a foundry producing equipment and supplies for the war effort.

The scheme will also include 51 affordable homes for local people for rent or shared ownership.

As part of the planning agreement for the development, developers Bellway will make a range of financial contributions to Bromley Council, including £212,040 in carbon offsets, £523,938 towards education, £4,000 towards highways and £166,960 towards healthcare.

Emma Hamlett, Sales Director for Bellway London, said: “The Maybrey Foundry had a long history on the site, going back to producing items for the war effort, but after the foundry moved premises, the buildings had become underused.

“Work on the new apartments is now underway and we are looking forward to giving a new lease of life to what was previously a derelict piece of industrial land,” she said.