More on Surrey Canal – New Cross, the new Shoreditch?

So a little more on the Surrey Canal regen.

Urban regeneration group Renewal is working up detailed plans for the first two phases of its giant Surrey Canal regeneration scheme around Millwall FC’s New Den ground – a pioneering multi-faith centre that will house Muslim and Christian worship space under one roof, and a digital and film hub aimed at stemming the leakage of the area’s artistic community to east London.

Greenwich-based Renewal said the detailed proposals for the first phase – the multi-faith centre and two residential towers – would be lodged by the year-end following a 10-year battle to bring forward the 2.5m sq ft development with work expected to begin next year.

Plans were finally unlocked in April after the group reached agreement with Lewisham council and Millwall FC on a £60m, section 106 package that includes contributions to a new London Overground station as well as enhancements for The Den.

Renewal gained outlined consent for its Studio Egret West designed master-plan for the site close to South Bermondsey tube station in October of last year.

The plans for the 30-acre site provide for: 2,500 homes; a £40m regional indoor sports centre backed by Sport England and to be run by charity the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation, which is chaired by politician Steve Norris; 500,000 sq ft of commercial space including offices and shops and creating 2,000 jobs; a multi-faith centre; a 150-bed hotel with conferencing; a digital innovation hub; and a new London Overground station on the East London Line, Surrey Canal road.

Renewal is now in the final phases of choosing its architect to bring forward the detailed plans for the multi-faith centre. It is also in detailed negotiations with its two principal occupiers – one a Muslim organisation and one a Christian organisation.

This first phase will also include two residential towers, one 19-stories and one 10 stories high.

Spokeswoman Jordana Malik said: “We have worked on the principle that everybody lives under the same sky so why not under the same building.”

Now for the interesting part!

The second phase will be for the Excelsior digital hub to the south of the site close to the proposed Surrey Canal Station.

Malik said the space aimed to house the artistic community that has sprung up in the Deptford and New Cross areas thanks to its close links to Goldsmiths University and the work of the Deptford X Arts festival but that has traditionally moved to Shoreditch and east London when it begins to look for expansionary space.

The hub will be housed in a refurbished and extended former canal side warehouse. Film studio group Mo-sys has already been signed to operate a film studio at the heart of the development.

The majority of the development site is owned by Renewal and is currently home to mainly low-level industrial warehousing. It also includes the Lewisham council owned Millwall Football stadium site.

In later phases the sports centre will be built on Surrey Canal Road and will include a 21-storey residential rotunda building. Bolina North, a residential neighbourhood, includes a series of residential blocks gradually stepping up from 10 stories to a pinnacle of 26 and acting as the entrance to Surrey Canal from South Bermondsey Station.

Progress follows long-running negotiations with Millwall to bring forward a scheme that accommodates its own ambitions for expansion and for the club to eventually be a Premiership team.

The current plans allow for the stadium to be expanded from an 18,000 seater to 24,000 and for the stadium to be re-cladded.

I have no idea what ‘re-cladding’ is, I assume they will just cover up the dull breeze blocks with some shiny plastic.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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