Bridge House - Completion September 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we were contacted by a parent of a child at John Stainer, who said that she'd been told by the school that the Bridge House development on Mantle Road (adjoining platform 1 of Brockley Station) would feature a Tesco on the ground floor. She asked us whether we knew anything about it.

The plans have always included retail for the ground floor, but this is the first time we'd heard any suggestion that a supermarket chain would use the site.

After speaking to a number of very pleasant people at the Tesco press office, we were referred to the press officer responsible for small stores in the area. Unfortunately, that's where the trail went cold - repeated calls to voicemail yielded zero response.

So we tried another route and contacted the developers, the L&Q Housing Association.

As well as confirming that the building is due to be completed in September 2010, they stated that they have "not yet entered into any agreements over the commercial use."

Of course, "not yet" does not mean it never will, however, the site seems poorly-suited to the needs of a supermarket chain. The small Tesco on Lewisham Way relies on multiple deliveries by lorry each day, whereas the Bridge House site is served only by a narrow road, with no parking and lorry traffic limited by a low bridge next door. The rear of the site faces on to the railway tracks.

Thanks to L&Q for their help and it's good news to hear that the project is on track for completion next year.

37 comments:

The Cat Man said...

I wonder if this will be completed before the Brockley Common!

The Cat Man said...

and please...anything but a tescos!

Anonymous said...

Tescos seems unlikely but it would bring much needed life to this side of the tracks.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember reading on this site that the housing association had to contribute to the access issues on the west side in order for permission to be granted for this development? Is that correct? and if so does that mean that west side access to the platform will be complete by sept 2010?

Anonymous said...

That would be platform 1 on the Mantle Road side of Brockley Station...

Brockley Nick said...

Fair point!

Anonymous said...

Jeez, even more social housing? Dixie Fried Chicken must be laughing.

Brockley Nick said...

Housing Associations don't just build social housing, they build affordable housing, including starter homes. The building is squashed between a busy railway line and a busy road, so it's a tough site to develop.

trixie said...

Anonymous said... 14:12
Jeez, even more social housing? Dixie Fried Chicken must be laughing.

ARRGGGHHH - What snide point are you trying to make here? Poor people shouldn't be allowed to have homes? Only people who need social housing eat fried chicken? There's something inherently wrong with social housing and/or chicken?, what is it you have a problem with?!!! why bother commenting?

The Cat Man said...

"The drunkard in the gutter is where he ought to be"

Anonymous said...

Since when does Tesco 'bring life', anon? Tesco eats jobs - and that isn't mungite prejudice, it's well-established fact.

Anonymous said...

Trixie - in response to your frustrations:

ARRGGGHHH - What snide point are you trying to make here? NO SNIDE POINT ACTUALLY. Poor people shouldn't be allowed to have homes? OF COURSE THEY SHOULD. Only people who need social housing eat fried chicken? NOPE, BUT I BET ON AVERAGE THEY EAT MORE. There's something inherently wrong with social housing and/or chicken? NOPE, THEY BOTH ROCK. , what is it you have a problem with?!!! DONT REALLY WANT ANY MORE DEGENERATES ON THE STREETS OF SE4, SO AM WARY OF ANYTHING WHICH MAY ATTRACT THEM why bother commenting? THIS IS A WEBSITE FOR COMMENTING ON THINGS

Anonymous said...

Its more the chicken bones than the chicken thats the problem.

trixie said...

@ the Cat Man, social Darwinism is a slippery route... the acceptability of slavery in the past, eugenics programmes, the idea of Aryan supremacy etc etc are all based on a skewed interpretation of 'survival of the fittest'.
You are of course entitled to your opinion, I personally don't believe that just because I have 'succeeded' I need to judge those who 'haven't'...

trixie said...

ok Mr Judgy McJudgester, why are people who need social housing necessarily degenerates?

Anonymous said...

Trixie - people who need social housing are not necessarily degenerates, most are lovely. However whenever the Council runs out of its own space to house people they use these sort of developments, to house all sorts of people who need their support; from problem families to the reintegration of prisoners to housing people with social issues (such as alcoholism etc). A quick walk up Brockley road and you might agree that we may have our fair share of such individuals already.

Anonymous said...

I hope Broca food market doesn't suffer as a result of competition. (It shouldn't do really but there is always a chance if a big chain is close by)

Headhunter said...

"Its more the chicken bones than the chicken thats the problem."

Not just the bones, the boxes the fried chicken n chips come in. Why do people who eat fried chicken feel the need to sling the half eaten remains and box all over the street?

Captain Lugard said...

New Tesco Express by Queens Road Peckham Station, they moved into action after ELLX phase 2 was confirmed.

Now open.

You can't fight it, just relax and take solace in using their free cash machine and then spending the money elsewhere.

drakefell debaser said...

I have seen about 3 delivery vans plough into that low level bridge on Mantle Rd over the past few years with disastrous, yet humorous, consequences. If a Tesco or someone was to open under the Bridge House they would not be able to get large deliveries in without some serious HGV reversing skills and lots of cussing from motorists trying to get onto Endwell Rd. I think the logistics of that alone will keep them away from the darkside.

Great location for a gym though.

Anonymous said...

New Tesco Express opening on Deptford High Street(New X Rd/Deptford Broadway end)on Wednesday 30th Sept.......

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, Tesco on Deptford high street - horrendous!, I hope the nice indepdendents dont close!

Boiled wool jumper wearer said...

I concur with the above

Headhunter said...

What in blazes is a "boiled wool jumper"? Sounds like something a Catholic monk would wear as a constant punishment for the sins of mankind...

M said...

Ha! Boiled wool jumper wearer! Because they'd rather see an independent business do well over Tesco they must be some kind of hippy! Do you see?
The hilarity never ends...

patrick1971 said...

@Captain Lugard: unfortunately that still makes Tesco money. They are paid by the banks for each use of the cash machine, via the Link network.

Dog-on-string walker said...

Oh no

Brockley Nick said...

@Catman - interesting that you choose to quote William Sumner, the father of ethnocentrism.

Headhunter said...

M - I get the reference to hippies and mung beans or whatever, but what IS a boiled wool jumper? Is it some kind of food? It doesn't sound very tasty...

Tressilliana said...

Google for numerous examples, HH!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiled_wool

Anonymous said...

Their probably worn by the people who knit their own yoghurt.

Headhunter said...

Sounds quite comfortable actually...

Anonymous said...

I think If a developer builds over a certain amount of properties on 1 site,he has to give a certain percentage to the housing association

Tamsin said...

I love the italic emphasis on "does not itch"!

The percentage of required social housing does not have to be on the same site. As I understand it developers working on several sites in a borough can do a deal to bundle it together into a nice little ghetto and keep the nasty common neighbours away from their gated communities

Anonymous said...

Ah well they never done that at the old Hither Green hospital site,Good and bad together as some people seem to suggest.

Anonymous said...

Don't think this will be complete by Sept somehow.......

Midget Matt said...

I have heard a rumour that Tesco is to develop the site of Brockley Park Cars. Anyone know anything about this?

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