New 'Decathlon' plans for Canada Water


Sellar, the developer behind the Shard has submitted plans to redevelop a site in Canada Water, currently occupied by Decathlon, with a major scheme that would include five buildings, the tallest of which would be 40 storeys.

The development, which proposes to create a cinema, gym and health centre, will sit alongside the new library and residential development next to Canada Water station and will join the new retail and leisure scheme, to create some much-needed critical mass and make Surrey Quays unrecognisable within a decade.

25 comments:

Sally said...

But...but...but what will I do without Decathlon?

LewishmLovely said...

Why does everywhere get cinemas except Lewisham?

Greedy said...

This is London - there are cinemas everywhere. 

Which borough does it better? said...

Canada Water is such a mixture of grim council blocks and exclusive waterside developments.  This development seems to include facilities for evening entertainment which steals a march on Lewisham, which does not allow such fripperies.  Canada Water is already ahead of the game with wonderful new library.  Lewisham meanwhile has closed many, run down the library in the town centre and has opened a library in Deptford that is more of toddlers entertainment centre with a smattering of DIY books.

Si267 said...

Well, except in Lewisham - which was the point made

Brockley Nick said...

A) Just because there is a cinema in the plans at this stage, it doesn't mean that it will still be there when they build it. We'll see if it stays. There is already a cinema in Surrey Quays, I'd be surprised if there is room for both in any case.

B) The lack of a cinema in Lewisham is an interesting statistical quirk, but I'm not sure it means, or even signifies very much. I tend to go to the cinema at the O2 - a new cinema in Bellingham or Catford would be unlikely to change that. North Greenwich is easier to get to than either of those places for me. If a nice one opens in Surrey Quays, that's good for people in Brockley too. It's only three stops on the ELL or a bus ride away.

C) The library was (substantially) paid for by the residential development around the station. In Lewisham, people spend more time trying to block developments on the basis that they are too tall, too dense or too yuppified than they do trying to extract the right deal from developers.  

D) Having said that, we also have a nice new library in Deptford. And Lewisham is getting a big new pool and leisure centre this year.

fintan culwin said...

Sod the cinmea - why not a giant retail unit that they could let to . . eermm . . decathlon?

Grand Designs said...

Statistical quirk?  I don't think so.  Lewisham used to have a couple of cinemas.   They were demolished as part of previous cunning plan to improve the town centre.

Even Peckham has a cinema.

Presumably when the new sports centre opens they will demolish Ladywell baths and sell the land to developers?

Martin Currie said...

Don't panic Decathalon will still have a large store. The brick blocks on the left will be built above a huge podium, under which will be a new store. The development is also looking at a small new food store. It also says it will try and encourage independent retailers.

BenH said...

Greater Brockley has a cinema, go to the Peckham Plex.  Fiver a film anytime so you don't have to wait for a Wednesday.

In the summer you can stroll up the multistory to Franks and enjoy a beer with a amazing view.

Pete Thornton said...

I had assumed that there must be plans to demolish the existing cinema in Surrey Quays. That land must be worth so much more as potential housing than as a huge carpark?

Pete Thornton said...

What hope has a small food store have when it has to compete with a Tesco Extra 500 yds away?

Anonymous said...

 Surely Catford/Bellingham is quicker than the O2 for you? 171 all the way?

Brockley Nick said...

10 mins to the Dome. 

Anonymous said...

 Incorrect. tfl gives 8 mins to Canada Water, 7 mins on Jubilee to North Greenwich - so that's 15 mins before you include the change. Fair to add 3-5mins for that and let's not forget the long walk from tube to Dome designed to disperse people after a gig. At least 20 at best.

Brockley Nick said...

Oh lord. I wasn't trying to be precise. Just saying it's nice and easy. But since you're being pedantic, it's 5 mins from Canada Water to N Greenwich. 

Wotevs, I don't like buses and I like going on the ELL. And I like going to the Cineworld more than I suspect I would enjoy the hypothetical cinema in Bellingham.

Martin Currie said...

People who don't want to shop at Tesco's! A little Waitrose or M&S Simply Food maybe.

King said...

If you don't use it you should really try the Greenwich Picture House. A very pleasant cinema experience indeed

Tamsin said...

Yes, Peckham is my cinema of choice as well - went to the Hobbit there recently.  And you can go with a bevy of kids and still have change from a twenty pound note.

Never yet managed to get to the bar on the roof - keep meaning to every summer that they've been there.  I do hope they continue.

oldpopinanoak said...

Surrey Quays is scary at night. It needs more homes and people walking around. 

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, I've been many times over the years and it is good. But IMO Cineworld is better with kids, which is the only time I actually get to go to the cinema these days.

guest said...

This looks a bit like Bermondsey Square ... hopefully it ends up being a bit like that....

Janerobathan said...

I love Peck Plex, but my daughter is a bit putt-off having been chased with friends and one of them mugged (13YOs)...Surrey Quays is no where near as pleasant as the Dome, but she likes SQ as so much closer on ELL.

I'm all for the regeneration, it's needed. In the present economical climate, it might be a lot to expect all units to be let quickly. These things usually take time.

Right now, SQ has the highest residential rent increases in London. Southwark have pledged that 35% of the new housing provided will be affordable.

Cinephile said...

Peckham Multiplex is fine once you are inside, same as any other multiplex, they all seem to be of a similar design.  Pity the area around it feels so unsafe. 

Greenwich seems to have a lot of cinemas.

Cineworld at the 02 Dome, which has one of the biggest screens in London and widest range of chain restaurants.

The Odeon next to B&Q for that easy parking experience.

Greenwich Picturehouse in the touristy town centre.  My favourite.

All are a bit awkward to get to from Brockley, so one at Canada Water is very welcome.  Hope it is nice.

Lewisham has nothing.  The noblest prospect for the new residents of the new crop of highrise flats is to take the DLR West India Quay, maybe another reason to delay their return to their bolthole in the evening.

For all the talk of community in boroughs like Lewisham, they do not seem to encourage any place that can be a social focus in the evening.

Is this a deliberate policy?

Brockley Nick said...

"Is this a deliberate policy?"

No.

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