Major works on a development that will transform Lewisham town centre were under the spotlight today (7 November). The Lewisham Gateway development will deliver hundreds of new homes, a new riverside park and over 1,000 new jobs. Today London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land and the Mayor of Lewisham were onsite to meet with the developer and view progress on the scheme.
The Lewisham Gateway project 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. Engineers on the site have rerouted two rivers and begun work on a completely new road layout. Work is also underway on the first two new buildings on the site, which are already beginning to rise from their foundations.
When work on the site in Lewisham is complete it will provide up to 800 new homes in a world class development that will include new shops, cafes, park land and hugely improved access to the town centre. It is a plan that was first conceived a decade ago but was only made possible last year when, with strong support from the Mayor of London, the Government approved £20m of funding to kickstart redevelopment of the area.
The development is part of a wider drive by the Mayor of London to deliver new homes on surplus land owned by the public sector. Almost 90 per cent of 670 hectares of public land taken on by the Mayor in 2012 is now in the development pipeline, including on the former Catford stadium, and most recently appointing two developers for sites in Newham at Pontoon Dock and Silvertown Way for US-style, purpose-built rented housing. The Mayor is pioneering new programmes including twenty Housing Zones across the capital and a new Housing Bank. This year alone, more affordable homes are being built than in any other since 1980.
The Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Land, Richard Blakeway, said:
“The Mayor is investing billions of pounds on accelerating the building of new houses on thousands of sites and releasing swathes of disused land. Lewisham Gateway is a fantastic example of how we can work in partnership with developers on a scheme that will revitalise the town centre, boost the economy and provide new parkland alongside hundreds of new homes.”
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said:
“I am delighted to see the progress that is being made on this transformational scheme. The Council has worked long and hard with its partners to bring Lewisham Gateway to fruition, including freeing up land we previously owned in order that these new homes, shops, jobs and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure could all be delivered.”
Michael Auger, regional director for Muse Developments who are developing the Lewisham Gateway scheme, said:
“We’re very happy to welcome the Deputy Mayor on site to showcase the excellent progress being made on this game-changing development for Lewisham. This is a true partnership scheme, which could not have come to fruition without the support of a large number of parties. We’re looking forward to continuing apace with the construction and delivering high quality public space and hundreds of new homes for the area.”
Gareth Blacker, Head of Transactions at the HCA, said:
“This is one of the largest investments from the Get Britain Building fund and has helped deliver the major infrastructure works necessary for the development to get underway. It is great to see work underway on the delivery of much needed homes for Lewisham and the regeneration of the town centre.”
Next week the Lewisham Gateway project team have invited the public to come along to a ‘meet the construction team’ event where they will be able to view the plans and find out more about upcoming work to create Lewisham Gateway. The event will take place at the Glass Mill Leisure Centre on Thursday 13 November between 1730 and 1930.