Studio Egret West and Carl Turner Architects are to masterplan a major upgrade of Catford town centre in south-east London
The two practices, commissioned by Lewisham Council, will draw up plans for the 11ha site, which includes the Catford Shopping Centre and Milford Towers, the housing estate located above.
Hundreds of new homes will be built across the town centre, with plans also in place to redevelop the existing council office Laurence House.
The Old Town Hall will also be redeveloped, as well as works to the interchange between Catford and Catford Bridge stations and the South Circular, improved public realm, and a more ‘welcoming’ town centre.
Studio Egret West founding director David West said: ‘The opportunity area spans 11ha, and with its multitude of infrastructural, ecological and cultural layers, represents a significant challenge and an exceptional opportunity to revive a special place”.
‘Together with Team Catford, Carl Turner Architects and our consultant team, we will work with the community to produce an outcome that is representative of what Catford deserves, and celebrates its unique character.’
Carl Turner added: ‘This will be a placemaking story that is written as it goes along, building on the talents and aspirations of local people.’
The council has reassured residents that the ‘iconic’ giant fibreglass cat that balances on a beam above the high street will be part of any new proposals for the area.
High shot of catford from crane