Ladywell adhesives factory site sold

A quick update from friend of BC, Rosie, who reports that the site of what used to be an art deco adhesives factory on Ladywell Road (before it was demolished in 2010) has been sold by estate agents Andrew Purnell.

We're not aware of any new planning applications that have been submitted. The site currently has planning permission for a mixed-use residential and office development.

20 comments:

Tamsin said...

Spotted the sign this morning and wondered what it related to - thought it might be the back way in to Church Grove...

Not quite stitched together properly, but the factory is still there in its faux art-deco splendour on Google street view.

Anonymous said...

Pritt-stick is still available in Gogi's

Longtime Ladywell resident said...

Adhesive Specialities Ltd., to give the building its correct name. Hard to imagine anyone really wanted to save this monstrosity. For those that need a reminder (ugh!) - www.flickr.com/photos/abandonment/3200471966/

Tamsin said...

De gustibus and all, and I agree it looks very sad in this photo, but when it was first repainted and spruced up it raised the spirits just to look at it. Like the real Art Deco Hoover Building on the A40.

Anonymous said...

Its demolition was a great, great shame and is a black mark against the current council.

Anonymous said...

It was a great building!!!

I hope other Ladywell landmarks don't follow.


We need to save the old baths before they become to run down.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tamsin. When it was spruced up it really raised teh spirits.


Shame on Lewisham Council. Shame.

Longtime Ladywell resident said...

So long as by "save the old baths" you mean the Playtower and not the Ladywell Leisure Centre!!! There are already well-developed plans to secure the future of the Playtower with Council/English Heritage money funding works this Spring/Summer to weatherproof the building and start to make it usable again.

Mb said...

Was within the gift of lewisham to refuse? I don't know, it's a genuine question. If an owner want to sell it and the new owner want to knock it down the planning officers can't stop them just because it would be a shame. It either has to be protected in some way or the plans have to breach one or other regulation. If it doesn't and it's blocked the owner will simply appeal and win, the the local authority will have pissed away the money defending an indefensible position.

Any property lawyers care to step in?

Anonymous said...

Yes I mean the Old Baths...(aka the playtower)...it was a Victorian/Edwardian swimming baths before it had the later play group use.

Anonymous said...

Glad there are funds for the Old Baths/Playtower.

It needs to find a new use too.

Otherwise it won't have a secure future.

max said...

A good start to securing it against the weather (and the pidgeons) would be to close the windows.

Anonymous said...

The gaffer tape factory should have been listed. It was a facade over a much older structure, which had been a laundry. The rear space had been used to dry the laundry.

Anonymous said...

So what's the plan for the current Ladywell baths...demolition followed by?

Rob said...

An update on the Old Baths (aka Playtower) bldg will be on the Ladywell Blogspot www.ladywell.blogspot.com by the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Is there a plan for the current (20th Century)Swimming Baths building?

max said...

There is this proposal:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/a-cinema-for-lewisham.html

Tamsin said...

From discussions on a much earlier thread there were really serious efforts made to list the Adhesives Factory, or at least it's frontage but it was just not special enough. (Age and work heritage are not enough. There were still visible remnants of the stables that then became the cinema, that then became the clutch clinic by the White Hart on New Cross Road, but the back bit was all demolished, only the very visible arch remaining.)

And Monkeyboy is quite right - unless an argument against any application can be brought within really quite strict planning "grounds" the Council would be rashly wasteful of public money to refuse permission. Even where the issue is doubtful it is prudent for them to grant permission rather than refuse because an applicant has a right of appeal while opponents do not. (A lovely level playing field that the present government are making even more one-sided with the relaxation of planning regulations - see various petitions....) That being so Lewisham Planning Committees are often fairly bold in turning down applications - witness the hoo-hah with the Big Yellow Storage Company on the Burnt Ash Lane site.

Tamsin said...

Shame on me! Should have done it through the Google account where I could delete and start again. An apostrophe where there shouldn't be one...

Mondee said...

I noticed today that the adhesives factory site is back on the market - this time with planning permission for 14 flats...
This might be old news but I've only just noticed the sign.

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