London Borough of Lewisham has approved two tower blocks designed by PRP Architects as part of its Lewisham Gateway regeneration project
The council’s planning committee gave the thumbs up for the 15- and 22-storey blocks in south east London as part of plans submitted by Muse Developments.
The scheme will provide 169 homes, along with 12,000m2 of retail, restaurants and commercial space, a major new urban park and pedestrian links to Lewisham town centre.
Craig Sheach, associate director at PRP, said: ‘This composition of buildings will be a significant and elegant addition to Lewisham’s town centre regeneration and frame an exciting new public park.’
The scheme is part of a £230million investment programme being delivered by a partnership including Muse, the council, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and regeneration quango the Homes and Communities Agency.
The application was reviewed twice by the Lewisham Gateway Design and Access Panel before it was submitted.
According to a report by council officers, the committee said that the buildings were “well designed” and would “make a positive contribution to the area”.
It said: “The panel hopes that, as the detailed design develops, the architects are allowed to finesse the facades and in doing so will encourage the subtle differences in detail to be revealed.”
Construction on the two towers is expected to start in the late Spring, according to Muse.
The masterplan for the Lewisham Gateway project obtained outline consent in 2009.
It includes up to 57,000m2 of residential space, up to 12,000 m2 of retail space, up to 17,500m2 of office and educational space, plus leisure uses including cinema, bars and restaurants.