Revealed: Towers set for the Old Kent Road.

Following the announcement of the extension to the Bakerloo and the publication of a planning framework jointly by Southwark and Lewisham Council, there have been a series of public consultations and subsequent planning applications to develop land where big retail currently resides, that will accessible from the West End within 30 minutes by Tube by 2030.

Starting at the north end of the Old Kent Road and working our way south, we firstly arrive at Southernwood Retail Park. Currently used by a DFS, Sports Direct and Argos. The scheme, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners and developers Strathclyde Pension Fund. Scheme entails up to 725 residential units, with 35% being affordable and promises over 1,000 cycle parking spaces and is rumoured to include space for a cinema complex. The scheme has recently concluded its second round of public consultation, a planning application is expected before the end of the year to Southwark council. 

High-rise element of Southernwood Retail Park. 

Next up is the first of the wave of high-rises proposed for the Old Kent Road, Malt Street. Worked up by architects Rolfe Judd and developers Berkley Homes, this scheme is the site assembly of numerous smaller semi-industrial units and will contribute to the extension of the Surrey Liner Canal Park. The most recent planning to date has submitted plans for 1,050 homes, which will take the form of many mansion blocks and the odd tall element, topping out at 131 meters over 40 floors. The application submitted in July 2017, covers phase 1 as seen in detail below with applications for phase 2 and 3 following in due course in shadow blue blocks. More recently in August 2018, saw a planning amendment lodged which will increase the amount of residential and commercial space across all phases. 

The outline and detailed scheme

Next door is Cantium Retail Park which will saddle the tunnels for the Bakerloo extension to Lewisham. Plans for this scheme were worked up by Alan Camp Architects and developers Aviva Investors and Galliard Homes. Planning permission was sought by Southwark’s planning team in October and it proposes 1,113 residential units, over a series of mansion blocks and towers of which these stand at 48, 37 and 26 floors. The tallest of which will stand as a high as 20 Fenchurch Street.Within the planning envelope there is also space set aside for 2,336m² of “destination space”, which is anticipated to host a cultural/education institution. 

The proposed redevelopment of Cantium Retail Park

On the corner of the Old Kent Road and Peckham Queens Road is 596-608 Old Kent Road and Land at Livesey Place. 

596-608 Old Kent Road and Land at Livesey Place, viewed from the Old Kent Road.

Plans were submitted earlier month for two towers of 38 and 24 floors, on the current site of the Topps Tiles and The Everlasting Arms Ministries the latter of which will have a replacement space in the new scheme and provide 372 new residential units. The scheme was drawn up by architects Maccreanor Lavington and the developers being Civic Centre Ltd, Shaviram Development Ltd, Old Kent Road Regeneration.

The first approved of the tall schemes for the Old Kent Road, Ruby Triangle approved by Southwark council on October 29th by 4 Members for, 2 against and 1 abstention received a resolution to grant. The scheme has been designed by architects Farrells and the developers being Avanton, with the design drawing inspiration from New York’s terraced brick buildings and soar to a height of 160 and 142 meters and shall contain 1,165 residential units. The scheme will also include new leisure facilitates, incubator space for start-ups and a replacement rental car to replace what will be demolished to make way for the approved scheme. 

CGI of the recently approved scheme

Last up and the most recent addition to the forthcoming cluster of towers Devonshire Square. Whilst at this early and initial stage, the architect is undisclosed an educated guess suggests that this could be a scheme by Allies & Morrison denoted by the style of drawings and the fonts used on consultation documents. Now with speculation aside this scheme is poised to contain 550 residential units with the bog-standard retail units on the ground floor, these will be punctuated with three new public spaces, standalone retail/leisure pavilion and provision will be made for a floating bus stop to allow for a segregated cycling lane. A planning application is expected to be submitted in Early 2019 for completion in 2023/4. 

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Author: constructldn