Lewisham Council is leading work to transform the borough’s second largest town centre – Catford’s revival. The starting point is the re-routing of the south circular which will free up more space to reimagine the town centre. Catford Shopping Centre will be redeveloped, providing new retail space and new homes will be built across the town centre. Pedestrian-friendly areas, open spaces and new community facilities will also be created.
The aim is to improve the quality of life in Catford town centre and meet the demands of a constantly growing and changing area. This means more homes in safe and welcoming places, with access to jobs and training.
It’s a long-term plan, but things are already changing. Work is underway on a new three-screen cinema with a bar, food court and music recording studios set to open in the shopping centre in the summer. Film set builders, Supersets have moved into the derelict depot on Thomas Lane and Lewisham Council is also in negotiation with some exciting tenants for other vacant spaces including the Brookdale Club, units in the shopping centre and on Rushey Green.
Work on the masterplan began in September 2018 by the selected architects, Studio Egret West and Turner Works. Once the final version has been drawn up and following approval by Mayor and Cabinet, proposals for individual sites will be considered through the planning process.
Greengage have been supporting looking at the green infrastructure plan to introduce wildlife back into the town centre by linking nearby green spaces with plants to attract birds, bees and other wildlife. Plants selected as part of the landscaping also have the ability to trap or block pollution from the roads, create a sense of wellbeing and encourage active lifestyles. They will also provide climate resilience. We have been a key member of the design team and are shaping the masterplan to help deliver biodiversity net gain and social value.