London mayor Ken Livingstone has reconsidered his rejection of the £22 million City Academy in Bermondsey, following a sit-in at his Romney House offices by Southwark children and behindthe-scenes negotiations with Southwark council.
Livingstone has agreed to review his objection, handed down over concerns about the scheme's location on Paterson Park - a greenfield site.
Last week more than 100 children and their parents descended on Romney House to demand he retract his objections. The children wore T-shirts bearing an image of the mayor and the slogan 'This man said no to my school'. The protest was followed by a sit-in when it was discovered that Livingstone had left the building.
The borough has agreed to invest £20 million in its parks over the next decade and council leader Stephanie Elsy has assured Livingstone that two extra parks will be created near the site. The Corporation of London has also increased the area of public parkland in the masterplan.
Foster and Partners, Studio E, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners and Jestico + Whiles have been shortlisted for the scheme (AJ 7.2.02).