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Tuesday 22 May 2007 4.54pm
This is an excerpt from this website: http://www.thamespath.org.uk/

"Plans have been unveiled to open up the riverside at Chambers Wharf at Bermondsey in central London.

At present there is no river view and walkers are forced to turn inland and follow Loftie Street and the long Chambers Street (page 26) round the back of a cold store.

Initial proposals by the St Martin's Property Group include a wide riverside path alongside a new public garden. This would allow the Thames Path to continue with the river from Fountain Green Square on the east side to within a few yards of East Lane Stairs on the west side.

The new development plan comprises of eight buildings with a total of 750 residential apartments including studios and three bedroom flats.

The cold store was built in the 1930s and has recently been used for document storage. It was the erection of this huge warehouse which split the continuous Bermondsey Wall lane into Bermondsey Wall East and Bermondsey Wall West.

The new Chambers Wharf riverside garden would be flanked on the north side by the Thames Path and on the south by an extended Bermondsey Wall lane on its original line.

If Southwark Council grants planning permission next year, building work will begin in 2008. The new path could be opened in 2013."
zee
Thursday 24 May 2007 7.13pm
These tower blocks are going to be 12-14 storys high. Will there be any light for the poor pedestrians? Not to mention the neighbouring buildings which are only 5-8 floors.

Someone must be pulling some strings with the planners methinks. Here we go again.

Will there still be sunlight in the streets of Southwark?
Friday 25 May 2007 5.12pm
I saw the out line sketch and the buildings are stepped down to around 7 or 8 storeys on Chambers street and the buidings go from noth to south so you will be able to see the river from Chambers street. The light wont be any differnt from the sun because the buildings on the south of chambers street wont block it out.
Saturday 26 May 2007 7.04pm
zee wrote:
These tower blocks are going to be 12-14 storys high. Will there be any light for the poor pedestrians? Not to mention the neighbouring buildings which are only 5-8 floors.
Someone must be pulling some strings with the planners methinks. Here we go again.

Will there still be sunlight in the streets of Southwark?

I suppose using your logic then most of the warehouses in Shad Thames will have to be pulled down as there ain't much daylight walking down them.
zee
Sunday 27 May 2007 3.57pm
But surely we have an opportunity to let in the light here as it will all be newly built from scratch.Shad Thames was built as warehouses and if people want to live in them that's fine because it means the lovely buildings can be restored.

Also there are homes to the east which are just 2-3 floors which will be vastly overshadowed by these new tower blocks.There is nothing this tall in this area until you get down to Canary Wharf.On one side you have 5 floors and on the other there are terraced homes.
Monday 28 May 2007 11.26am
You have no idea what the plans look like. Maybe when the plans are released they you might have a case but as always on this forum any building over 3 storeys gets the usual suspects out moaning about tall buildings.The present buildings here are no shrinking violets so presumably the people living here wouldn't be that fussed about getting enough light.

Most of the riverside is dense with little light as it was full of warehouses. If people want a nice leafy area with plenty of natural light they will move to the suburbs where they can have a nice garden.
Tuesday 12 June 2007 3.10pm
The following (edited) has just appearded on the Architects Journal web site:

"Ian Simpson's south London Chambers Wharf scheme - on one of the last brownfield sites on the Thames - has been submitted for planning.

The scheme for developer St Martins, which is sited on Chamber Street near Tower Bridge, will replace run-down warehouses with six 10-14-storey buildings containing 593 residential units - 189 of which will be affordable housing.

In addition to more than 60,000m2 of residential space, the scheme will include commercial and retail units at ground level and landscaped private and public gardens. The developer also plans to allow access to the river by providing a continuation of the Thames Path which would run along the riverfront at Chambers Wharf.

The 3.7ha development - which has had the thumbs-up from CABE - has achieved an EcoHomes ‘Excellent' rating and will include a combined heat and power plant, ground-source heating/cooling, solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater harvesting and the ability to convert to biomass fuel as the technology improves.

Lindsey Robinson, development director at St Martins, claimed Simpson's plans would ‘provide a new, iconic architectural element to this important part of the river frontage near to Tower Bridge'."

I guess it can be viewed at the planning office!
Tuesday 12 June 2007 3.20pm
St Patrick

Thanks i was wondering what was happening. would the application be on line?

Although this is a puff piece from the architect t does sound like what theywere telling us was going to happen.

I like the sound of Echo homes excellent rating and it will be a huge improvement to our area.

Anyone know when the council will have meetings on this?
Wednesday 13 June 2007 10.55am
St Martins Property Corporation Ltd has arranged an exhibition of the proposed development at the Beormund Community Centre. It runs later this month from 5pm to 9pm on Friday 22 June, from 10am to 5.30pm Saturday 23 June and finally from 10am to 4pm the next day. The said company can be contacted directly c/o Sally Hall at [email protected]
Friday 15 June 2007 3.23pm
St Martins have set up a website:
http://www.chambers-wharf.co.uk/
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