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Squire and Partners replaces Alsop on Millwall scheme

Millwall FC has brought in Squire and Partners to replace Will Alsop on the redevelopment of its ground - and the area immediately surrounding it - in south London

The club has asked the practice to draw up ‘more modest’ plans than Alsop’s original vision which included building a series of towers on top of and around the football club (01.05.08).

The news comes as Studio Egret West (SEW) unveiled huge regeneration proposals, including 2,700 new homes and a sports village, for the 12ha area around New Den home (see below).

A club spokesman said the initial plans for the ground had been shelved ‘because of the economic environment and downturn in the property sector’ and was hoping to work with SEW and developer Renewal on how its scheme could fit into the larger proposals.

Millwall chairman John Berylson said: ‘We are in the process of reviewing the Renewal scheme that has been put forward.

“It is an interesting start, but Millwall FC want to ensure the proposals fully consider the needs of our Club, our supporters, our local community and Lewisham Council.’

The club said it had turned to Squire and Partners because of its ‘vast experience and success with schemes of this size and nature, including the Chelsea Barracks and Warwick Road developments.’

Previous story (12 July 2010)

Studio Egret West unveils new Millwall plans as Alsop’s dream fades

Studio Egret West (SEW) has unveiled an ambitious regeneration proposal, including 2,700 new homes and a sports village, for the 12ha area around Millwall FC’s New Den home in south London

Meanwhile it is understood Will Alsop’s dream to build a series of towers on top of and around the football club itself have died and a new architect brought in to look at a more modest re-jig of the 20,000-seat ground and surrounding area.

SEW’s plans, drawn up for developer Renewal and dubbed Surrey Canal - London’s Sporting Village, aim to create a new regional centre of sporting excellence together housing and shops next to the ground, South Bermondsey Station and the planned Surrey Canal Road Station on the East London Line.

Featuring a number of towers - the tallest 26 storeys - the scheme will also improve access to and from the area surrounding the Millwall Football Club stadium, as well as creating new shops, cafés, restaurants and public spaces.

David West, of SEW said: This is a hugely exciting project which will transform an inner city site and deliver a whole host of benefits for the existing communities of North Lewisham. 

‘It will also improve connections and linkages, opening up the local area through the introduction of a new park at Bridge House Meadows and high quality public spaces forming a green armature through the site.’

He added: ‘The sporting element will underpin the new community with large scale indoor venues lining Surrey Canal Road and roof top play areas animating the sky line above.’

It is believed other architects will be brought in to work on the ‘piece of city’ which is the same size as the Barbican in the city.

Renewal which has been accumulating land in the North Lewisham area for the last seven years will be holding a public exhibition from 25 to 27 July at the Lewington Centre on the Silwood Estate in Rotherhithe as part of continued pre-application community consultation. 

 

 

 

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