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Located between the Lewisham Retail Park and the town centre, the site benefits from proximity to excellent public transport links with nearby access to national rail services and the DLR. It occupies a strategically significant location with a potential new western railway station entrance and future Bakerloo line extension.
JTP’s vision revitalises an underutilised site which was failing to define and animate the streets. The addition of two new buildings will help create a dynamic, stepped profile to Lewisham’s skyline. The provision of affordable homes and student apartments will meet a recognised local need and help foster a mixed and balanced community.
The proposals received detailed planning permission in July 2019, and JTP’s scope extends to the technical design stages.
– The provision of new, high-quality landmark buildings at a density appropriate to the area, framing a new public square.
– Both buildings are constructed from volumetric 3D structural modules and manufactured off-site, ensuring a higher quality finish, a faster construction programme and 90% less waste than traditional construction methods.
– 65 affordable homes in a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Terraces on the upper levels will feature outdoor seating, food-growing and spaces to relax.
– The square will create a new, animated focal point in the heart of the town where the community can meet.
– Both buildings feature photovoltaic panels on the highest roofs as a sustainable energy source.
– A range of flexible commercial spaces at ground floor level, designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with external cafe seating areas which will bring activity to the new public square.
– Simple architectural language to complement the stepped building massing, unify the buildings and create a cohesive but distinctive appearance.
– A station entrance is allocated between the two buildings to facilitate the entrance to the future Bakerloo Line extension and potential new entrance to the existing railway station.
– The delivery of private and communal amenity space for residents including secure play areas for children.
Both proposed tall buildings would positively address the adjoining streets and the proposed new square and the design will make a noticeable but positive impact on Lewisham’s skyline.
Planning Committee Report, London Borough of Lewisham