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If it’s your bag, there’s a couple of exciting spoken word events at The Albany this weekend. Tonight there’s Chill Pill, a regular poetry night, featuring Soweto Kinch. You can buy tickets here: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/tickets/845/Spoken-Word/Chill-Pill

Whilst tomorrow and Saturday there’s ‘Brand New Ancients’, a new show by Kate Tempest about ‘everyday Gods’. If you’ve never seen Kate perform before I wholeheartedly recommend you go see her. She is a seriously impressive performer; she dominates a stage. You can find out more and buy tickets here: http://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/834/Spoken-Word/Brand-New-Ancients-

Also this Friday are various freshers nights, including at the New Cross Inn, with free entry for students/£3 otherwise; and at the Bussey Building, with secret headliner, free before 11.30/£3 after with student card/£5 otherwise

Finally today, the East London Line extension to Clapham Junction from Surrey Quays has been confirmed to open on December 9th. Trains will go via Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill and Clapham High Street. There’s a bit more in bland PR form on the TfL website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15401.aspx

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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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Surrey Canal – What does it mean for New Cross?

The Surrey Canal was once used to transport timber from Greenland Dock to Camberwell. The Canal was built in 1809 and closed in 1971, all that remains now is the string of parks, railway arches and the long uneven road that’s clogged up with traffic every other Saturday.

But, Surrey Canal is Changing.

Lewisham Council and property developers Renewal have agreed a multimillion pound regeneration project around Surrey Canal road to turn the area into “Londons Sporting Village”. Both the council and Renewal feel the site is in great need for investment and regeneration, specifically looking at the embankments, roads and railways lines which isolate the area

The 30 acre site will include: a new London Overground station (Surrey Canal Road) living space, shops, companies and of course the “sports village”. More on this later.

From what I have seen over at the official Surrey Canal site the whole project is based around Millwall FC. Chairman Andy Ambler believes the regen is a plus for the club but I, along with many other Millwall fans am unsure. What worries me is; what happens when Lewisham council tell the club that we don’t fit in with the surrounding area any more and we need to move? Or, we stay put, re-brand the club and try to attract a different crowd? Millwall are a working class club in a soon to be very middle class area, despite more money coming in the new breed of football fan will take away a lot from the Millwall experience. This scares me.

The area surrounding the ground doesn’t look that much better, I predict a lot of glass and metal cheaply built high rise apartments / flats, that will cost a fortune to buy or rent and will resemble a battery chicken hutch inside. There will no doubt be a Starbucks, probably a Costa next door to that and what new build would be complete without the spiciest of Portuguese chicken chains, Nandos. What ever happened to building a row of houses from brick putting a newsagents on one end and a greasy spoon on the other? The only positive I can see here is having another train station. Match days will be easier on the surrounding areas and providing some decent drinkingholes are opened the atmosphere closer to the ground may pick up.

So what does it mean for the rest of New Cross? To be honest I don’t think much will change, I imagine it will be a lot like the North Greenwich, people will only go when there is something worth doing, like Rihanna or Wagamamas. Still, if the sports center turns out to be decent we might see a better Goldsmiths rugby team!

Let us know what you think of the regen in the comments below.

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