Major works on a £210m development which will transform the face of Lewisham town centre have been unveiled.
Lewisham Gateway is set to deliver more than 700 new mixed-tenure homes, a new riverside park and hundreds of new jobs.
Michael Auger regional director for Muse Developments, who are developing the Lewisham Gateway, said: “We have been working with our partners to bring this transformational scheme to life for more than a decade and it’s a really significant point to be able to show work on the infrastructure and the first two buildings is well underway.”
Lewisham Gateway is being delivered on land released by the Mayor of London, the London Borough of Lewisham and Transport for London, as part of a drive to accelerate house building on thousands of sites across the capital. Delivery of the scheme has also been supported by the Homes and Communities Agency.
Engineers on the site are rerouting the Quaggy and Ravensbourne rivers, which will form the centre piece for the new green space Confluence Place, complete with shops, cafes and improved pedestrian-friendly access to the town centre. Work to replace an existing roundabout with a completely new road layout is also mid-way through completion.
Two new residential blocks on site delivering 193 homes, including the 25-storey Portrait London, are the first of various multi-storey buildings proposed in the scheme. Portrait will comprise of suites, one, two and three bedroom high-quality apartments built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 for energy, efficiency and sustainability and will be expected in Summer 2016.
It is hoped the regeneration will strengthen Lewisham town centre, uniting elements of the area including; Lewisham Station, DLR and London Bus hub, Lewisham Shopping Centre, the main high street and Glass Mill Leisure Centre.
Auger added: “Lewisham Gateway is a ground-breaking development – it’s not only a major feat for Muse Developments and our partners but shows a huge vote of confidence in Lewisham as a place to invest, live and enjoy. This is the start of what will be a very exciting future for the gateway to a revitalised Lewisham Town Centre.”