New development planned for Mantle Road


The Bridge House at Number 4 Mantle Road is the subject of a planning application that would create 34 new apartments at Brockley Cross.

Brockley Cross Action Group news reports that:

"The scheme for London and Quadrant Housing Group and designed by architects, MDR Associates consists of commercial premises to the ground floor with 34 apartments, consisting of, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms to the upper floors within a 5 storey building. The scheme has evolved through consultations with the London Borough of Lewisham over a two year period and has now reached the stage of a planning application. the current programme is for a start on site around the end of this year with a completion in 2009."

The development would neighbour the Tea Factory and this building, which despite our early optimism, currently looks like a badly assembled Airfix model of a battleship.

Lewisham Council have confirmed that Bridge House represents one of the largest development opportunities in the area (there are 14 key sites in Brockley, but they are mostly small-scale). The scale of the development means that the developers will have to commit to include affordable housing, while the Brockley Cross Action Group are hoping that a condition for planning approval will be a contribution towards the Brockley Common project, as part of a Section 106 agreement.

A contribution could make good make business sense too, as the Brockley Common project will hugely enhance Brockley Cross and could add value to the planned apartments.

15 comments:

leenewham said...

This looks awful, boring, lacking in any real aesthetics at all. Whast is wrong with some developers? Why can't they be inspirational. The development in Lewisham near the roundabout looks good, especially the landscaping. Where are the fresh ideas, new iconic landmarks to help put Brockley on the map?

Brockley Nick said...

Agreed, Lee. Pretty dull. Obviously, they are constrained by the site and the fact that being right next to the railway track will keep the price of the flats down, but it looks a bit oppressive at street level and the design is ersatz Greenwich-Peninsula.

leenewham said...

Hopefully the shops wil be nicely designed, with no illuminated plastic sign and awnings. Good design can make such a difference to an area.

Anonymous said...

here's some more info and pictures for the Mantle Road development:

http://www.mdrassociates.co.uk/Project/mantleroad.html

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the 'Pinnicle' building on Mantle road is going to be there long term. I had heard that the site was planned for redevelopment but is that it?? Also are there any other plans to improve access to the train station on the mantle road side - if they're building these big apartments, then surely the council can look at this. Also the pub? what about that?

Brockley Nick said...

The pub's doomed - see the top story...

Anonymous said...

Nick, do you know if the developers are upgrading the entrance to the west side of the station or have the BXGA nicked all the money (in their agreement with the developers and the coucil) for the common project on the east side.
Simon J

Anonymous said...

When is this Mantle road development supposed to be happening? - it's 8 months since this news was broken and still no movement, nothing, nada...

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this is still happening - APPP? you're quite proactive on things concerning west Brockley? Nick?
PJ

Dan said...

There was quite alot of digging going on with pneumatic drills yesterday within the confines of the building. so maybe they are getting started.
Nothing seems to have happened opposite on the site of the maypole since they demolished it, although someone's graffiti on the hording did make it in to last night's London Paper.

Headhunter said...

Brockley's grafitti made it into the London Paper? Is there a link to the article?

Anonymous said...

I think i saw the one you mean. I think it said something like, "Thanks to Gordon Brown I never own my own house" Thought it was quite good.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

There was some movement on the mantle road 'pub' site a week ago, they had this weird looking contraption - like a really large teasle with an instrument dangling from it. I think they were measuring ground settlement, which needs to be ok'd before they put the foundations in/start building work.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I don't know anything about the bridge house development on mantle road, there was a delay in getting planning permission due to residents concerns. An additional consulation meeting happened and fundings arranged for environmental improvements.

The pinncle site (which currently houses the grey cabins) was given temporary planning permission for 2 years, last year. Therefore it will be at least 1 yr before we see much happening on that site. I guess it depends on how the brockley PFI contract is progressing, maybe they will extend the 2 yres.

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