Residential led master plan and mixed use scheme in Lewisham, south London, delivering 1130 homes, retail and workspace.
The Wharves site was historically a series of warehouse buildings clustered around the Grand Surrey Canal, which ran through the centre of the site. It is currently occupied by a mix of semi-industrial uses such as a scrap yard and storage facility. Although of strategic importance within Lewisham, the site currently blocks any pedestrian movement through it, and offers little in the way of contribution to the surrounding neighbourhoods. The context varies considerably around the site, from busy main roads, to quieter park-side streets, and post war housing estates.
We are re-instating the historic route of the Grand Surrey Canal, which was filled in around 1974.
The Big Idea
The master plan creates a series of new public spaces, connecting existing streets and public spaces, including Deptford Park and Pepys Park. A major new public space known as the Surrey Canal Way has been included at the heart of the scheme. This space follows the historic route of the Grand Surrey Canal, and connects northwards towards Surrey Quays.
A Design Code draws on the industrial history of the site, and aims to create a simple warehouse-like residential typology. Together with the unique public spaces designed by Vogt Landscape Architects, this approach aims to achieve a particular and appropriate sense of place