CIT (developers of More London) and Jadwa (Saudi Arabia) bought the block last week - surprised they're moving on it already. Apparently their intention is to proceed with the current Make scheme for which the permission expires in 2011. It's mostly going to be offices.
According to the shopkeepers in Milroy an American firm will be moving in to the building in about 6 months - once the work has been completed inside. Good to see it back in use as it was looking shabby and smelly.
They're moving fast though - a lot of the internal demolition work is well underway, and I would not be surprised if they would be finishing soon. CIT seems intent on getting input from the residents of the rest of the estate and, according to someone who should know, they're a pretty good developer. So far, so good...
Good News. But developers 'interaction' with residents doesnt extend very far, we are not on the 'estate' but close by. Its very good to have the building re-occupied it has been SAD, empty with broken windows etc.for years
Can anyone tell us what is proposed - new shops - local facilities to replace existing ??? or who to contact to find out - there are no proposals/indication on current demolition hoardings. L
I'm on the estate and have just received further information from the developer. The original plans (link here: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1650) are still being carried out. The empty shops (the florist and the chinese restaurant) have now been borded up and as part of the planning permission they have a duty to do up Milroy walk. There will be a meeting with the residents of the estate early October which I am planning to go to and I shall report back here!
I'll also locate the contact details for them and post them.
So far, I have found out the following. They're not going to demolish the low rise, but are instead looking to get planning permission to retain it and clean up the outside, put new windows in and generally give both buildings a lift. Part of the low rise will be increased with 3 stories. The high rise will be increased with 4 stories and will for a large chunk become residential with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed flats. Milroy walk will be closed off and will become the inner part of the estate. The shops will be turned around to have entrances on Rennie Street and Stamford Street.
They're having to obtain planning consent, but this should be an easier process than the previous one as the new plans are a lot less intrusive. All being well, the actual work is planned to start October 2011, all finished early 2014.