I've been quizzing the journo on Twitter, he says that SC press told him that they are demolishing it, and that 'thinking is changing' regards the planned refurb. I've called St M to ask, will let you know if they answer.
That's interesting jamesup. I'd like to be positive, but suspect that now St Modwen have got Southwark Council to renege publically on their promise to extend Walworth Road through the shopping centre site, by claiming they were unwilling to demolish it, they will now just replace it with some huge structure that allows them to cram as many flats on top as possible.
Ideally the street would be extended, but let's hope that if the shopping centre is 'rebuilt' it is rebuilt as an open-air marketplace -- i.e. more of a pedestrian plaza surrounded by shops than a closed-roof building.
If they told the Standard that it would be 'demolished' they lied. To demolish something you must pull it down. Putting stuff up around it is a refurb, a reclad, a reimagening, a reworking - many others I'm sure - but not a demolition.
So no streets, no 2004 masterplan, as we thought. Back to the real world.