You may find the contents of the recent Urban Catalyst newsletter of interest...
BERMONDSEY SQUARE REGENERATION
THE STORY CONTINUES
Much has happened since the issue of our last leaflet telling you about the initial archaeological investigations under Bermondsey Square
. Those investigations have been successfully carried out. We have continued to consult extensively with many local people and organisations. We have listened carefully to what you have said to us - and revised our scheme to reflect your views.
REVISED PLANNING APPLICATION
Our revised planning application has now been submitted to the Council, and if you are on the Council's list of consultees, you'll shortly be receiving a letter from the planning officer letting you [know] that they have received our application.
FIND OUT WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED
The Council's letter will tell you where you can view the new plans. If you're out at work all day, it may not be easy to get to see the plans, so we're going to be holding an Open Day at the Watch House on the corner of Bermondsey Street
and Abbey Street
with models and plans for you to see and staff on hand to respond to your questions. We'll give you more details of this event very soon.
NEW DESIGNS - RESPONDING TO YOUR VIEWS AND IDEAS
The views and ideas you have expressed over the last few months have helped us to remodel the development. We have appointed new architects, Munkenbeck and Marshall, and working with them we have made some important changes. These will greatly reduce the scheme's impact on the Bermondsey Street
Conservation Area and the listed houses to the south of Bermondsey Square
. These changes come after extensive discussions with local residents, market traders, CABE, English Heritage, local Councillors and the Council planning officers.
· Bermondsey Street
Block - We have reduced its height and massing. This has effectively opened up the view to St Mary Magdalen
and the churchyard.
· Tower Bridge Road
Block - We have reduced its height and moved it towards the north east corner of the site - and away from the listed buildings to the south of the square - to join with the Abbey Street
Block, to form a single building.
· Abbey Street
Block - We have reduced its height at the western end towards Bermondsey Street
, rising progressively to the corner of Tower Bridge Road
and Abbey Street
WHO WILL OCCUPY THE NEW SPACE?
We are currently in discussion with a number of potential occupiers, including a local film production and art house cinema company, Shortwave Films. With the support of the company, the new square can also be used as an open-air cinema/theatre and for arts and community uses.
Businesses and organisations occupying space in the scheme will pay a service charge to support community activities, and we plan to hold local markets on two further days a week. The square can also include fashion shows, product launches and a range of commercial projects and activities.
As you can see, Bermondsey Square
is going to be a very lively and exciting place!
As well as community, hotel, retail and leisure uses, the Bermondsey Square
development will also provide 40 apartments, plus 15 units of key worker housing.
The fascinating history of the site - from the construction of the 10th Century Bermondsey Abbey through to today - will be commemorated with artwork in the square or on the buildings, and local artists and schools will be developing suitable concepts and themes. Watch out for more information!
We've listened carefully and worked hard to create a scheme for Bermondsey Square
, which addresses your comments and concerns and will work within the constraints of the archaeological remains.
âOur goal is a Bermondsey Square
with a strong sense of belonging, a safe and welcoming place, a place where people feel proud to live and workâ.
July and August 2002 First archaeological investigation - completed
January 2003 Plans submitted to Southwark Council
April 2003 Planning application considered by Southwark Council
Mid 2003 Further archaeological investigations (c. 8 weeks)
Autumn 2003 Construction begins
March/April 2005 Scheme completed
· Chris Beales (020 7401 5304/07957 135593) for ideas for business or views on markets and uses for the square
· Nik Dockree (020 7383 4994) for information about spaces in the new development
· Alastair Gaskin, Project Director (Urban Catalyst 020 7383 4994) for more information on the project
Please call - we'd like to hear from you
Produced by Urban Catalyst and A & C Beales (Consultants) Ltd, January 2003
[apologies to UC for any errors I introduced during transcription]