Goldsmiths plans student tower for Brockley Cross

We've seen a flurry of major projects and proposals for Brockley in recent months, clustered around Brockley Station, but this is the one we've been waiting for - the biggest and potentially most exciting of them all.

Goldsmiths is planning a 13-storey golden tower to replace Howarth's Timber Yard at Brockley Cross, a deceptively large site, which was previously the subject of a masterplan by architects ACQ.  The work will involve creating a new "active frontage"on Shardeloes Road, which will provide access to the site.

The public pre-consultation launches later this month, but we've been sent this image and a few outline details by a BC reader connected with the project. Based on this - slightly disorientating - image we love the look of it. With tall buildings dotted around stations in Deptford, Lewisham and Surrey Quays, there is plenty of precedent for a building of this scale.


In total, BC understands it will contain a total of 700 student apartments and a number of new amenities, including a 'people's supermarket' that students will be able to run themselves and an 'Occupation Room' dedicated to student activism and protest. This space will provide semi-permanent accommodation for a further 30 students.

The main building will be called the Costume Store, in recognition of Goldsmiths' theatre and fashion heritage.

Universities are now locked in a fierce competition for student applicants and the slow pace of Goldsmiths' plans to develop its New Cross campus means drastic action is required. The Council, meanwhile, has been trying to find a developer for this tricky site (which straddles a railway line) for years.

We'll bring you full details of the proposal as soon as they appear.

28 comments:

Lips of Lora said...

Lol.

Fair ops!

Monkeyboy said...

With the local concentration of small traders dealing in off catalogue pharmaceuticals and the proposed treatment centre sweeping up the lightweights, this is smart synergistic planning.

I endorse this proposal.

Anonymous said...

Nice try - not fooled!

Anonymous said...

Another bloody gaudy box for Brockley - and surprise, surprise Brockley Nick and Monkeyboy are happy about it.

Anonymous said...

Please don't be an April Fool.

Osh said...

700 more Goldsmiths students in Brockley would be awesome!

Mb said...

@anon 9:18, My default position is happy. It's clever - its gold coloured, which is a brilliant play on "goldsmiths", how can this fail to lift your spirits.

I for one welcome our slightly dizzy humanities students neighbours.

Bill Ellson said...

Sorry Nick, but the idea of Goldsmiths students running a shop gives the game away.

Anonymous said...

Occupation room...love it! What a brilliant idea!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!
We just have to make sure that we are happy with the building.

Anonymous said...

April Fools aside is there a plan to develop that site in any form?

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Awww Nick, you got me excited for a minute! Yes, I am an April fool. Have a good day.

Fattyfattybumbum said...

ps - looks suspiciously like a place on Victoria Road in Acton ;)

TheOracle said...

That site is planned for development - in 5 years.

The current lease lasts until then, and the gentleman who owns it has no plans to sell yet.

Anonymous said...

But of a crap April fool, this sounds pretty ordinary to me.

Crofty said...

Nice one! Wasn't until the Occupation Room that I realised the date. And I'd been looking forward to the new supermarket...!

Brockley Nick said...

Anon1100, you have the manners of a gentleman and the soul of a poet.

Lou Baker said...

@ nick

You shouldn't have suggested the idea of an occupation room.

You just know some lecturer in media studies, curtain making or some other pointless subject will latch on to that and make it happen.

Anonymous said...

Please tell me that the plans for 6 Mantle Road were also an April Fools' Day joke but accidentally posted too soon. They are far worse than this building.

Anonymous said...

so is this an April Fool or not???

Sir Norman Foster said...

This like a black hole sucking in the credulous.

Anonymous said...

so it IS an April Fool???

Stephen said...

Ha, I was fooled for a wee while!

Aricana said...

When i read this story earlier today i thought it was very plausible. I only realised it was an April fools when i read the comments :)

Anonymous said...

The occupation room have it away I am afraid. But Lou is right - some under employed, high final pension scheme, many hours spent "working from home" person will now take it to the governing body and waste more taxpayers money on this or other lunacy. Thanks nick. Hmmm.

NAT said...

Ano21:25 Is today your birthday?

Lou. Curtain making!

Whats wrong with curtain making all of a sudden?

More curtain making, fewer stuffed sharks in tanks!

That's something I think the decent but often silent majority could get behind.

Anonymous said...

Not amused.

NAT said...

Hmmm.

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