The Unacceptable Face of Newisham

Just opposite Model Market is Riverdale House, formerly a Citigroup office block. Having been converted into 137 apartments, it's now being marketed around the world via this video. Every line of the script - delivered by a 'The Price is Right' voiceover artist - is funny.

With thanks to Joe for spotting it.

26 comments:

smiler_grogan said...

Canary Warf? I love this. If there is one thing I want about living in Lewisham, it's the ability to get away from it as fast as I can.

josh said...

Oh dear and who did get the £13,000,000, from Galliard to let them do it with no benefits to creative Lewisham at all

patrick1971 said...

"Water way to have a great holiday".

The swivel TV is genius though.

Rich Thomas said...

Executive style! Sheer prestige!


(Also: ten minutes to Bank? Good luck with that.)

JPM said...

Mind the spin. Riverdale House is a ‘superb and fascinating’ building because it has to maintain its present shape in order to qualify for office-to-residential 'prior approval'.

The original application was for 99 homes, which was then upped to 137, because, according to the developer, ‘it has been clear from the interest shown that there is a great demand for smaller homes.’

Meanwhile, a little birdie tell me. Some buyers at Galliard’s other ‘high specification’ flagship development in Deptford wish the company would sort out the design fault which means heat is trapped in the upper reaches of the 26-storey building - thereby renaming it “Tropic Tower“.

Newby said...

No was Citibank admin function before they relocated it to India and Eastern Europe

Lord Rogers (again) said...

It is an interesting building - certainly far more interesting than anything else that's being erected, or proposed to be erected, in central lewisham - we must be slightly thankful that it isn't being knocked down!

Jim Hudson said...

Popped in on Saturday posing as a buyer to have a nose round. The sales staff seemed very surprised that I was from Lewisham. They asked me questions, including "what is the Model Market"? The most dominant buyer, according to the 'sold' board was someone known mysteriously as simply "China".

Jim Hudson said...

Also, out of the window I spotted a guy living in a tent on the bit of ground between the river and the trainline. I assume he was homeless, rather than just camping out in an idyllic Lewisham spot, which sort of underlined the madness of the whole thing.

maisie_moo said...

He couldn't help a little chuckle just after he described the Lewisham centre as a "showcase shopping centre".

Robert said...

Love that building though. I'm glad they have found a new use for it.

Robert said...

Citibank own the tower next to the shopping centre. It's one of their disaster recovery offices. Banks of empty desks and computers just in case one of their main offices goes down.

AleatoryCertainty said...

What a steal starting at only £237,500 apparently. I think I'll take two!

JPM said...

Agreed. I just hope they don't keep on pushing for greater increase of units that become little more than box rooms.
The sales abroad bring with them the concern that these are piggy bank developments; ghost homes for the wealthy overseas investor. A purchaser should be wary of overseas competition that artificially inflates prices in my opinion..
But it's a great location, fine building, and I see the developers is having to stump up several community obligations via a Section 106. So, let's hope those are met.

Joe said...

Are you on the Street Feast payroll?

max doom! said...

10 minutes to bank? balderdash!

Hannah said...

I spotted this chap, told my partner about him and it inspired a short story subsequently published by Smoke London: http://smokealondonpeculiar.co.uk/index.php/2014/05/morning-tea-with-george/

max doom! said...

interesting. there'll be a few more know he's there now though.

Jim Hudson said...

Ah, now I know - nice piece. I guess we're all contributing to everyone knowing he's there then. Sorry.

HOB said...

Lordy, had to stop watching this shonky twaddle- who IS this aimed at exactly? it really is like a spoof!
btw if it had been CitiTowers there'd've at least been some sort of view from the upper stories, whereas the footage of the panorama from street level ... hmm...

Nick said...

Disgusting use of space. Just studios and 1 beds? Yet more skewing of the balance of housing towards city workers without families and shoe boxes for overseas investors to buy up.

harry said...

and just ten minutes by train in the other direction from Lewisham you can for £237500 pick up a solid Victorian built three bed, two rec room, house with garden slightly bigger then a studio!

Why do people live in small rooms paying £300K or renting them for £1000 a month in what must be an impractical way of living - storage, friends round for drinks, pets, furniture etc

Plumstead Studio flat £91K (25 mins to London Bridge)

Thamesmead £126K one bed freehold house with parking space

Lewisham (Lee High Road) 2 bed flat £229K

Welling 4 bed house, three rec, 100ft garden, garage, refurb throughout, 28 mins to London Bridge £310K

There is a development also on New Cross Road, where buyers get a choice of either a built in washing machine or built in fridge and at only £310K for a one bed, I questioned a mate who went to have a look, at that price surely they should include both. Reason they don't is there isn't space for a washing machine and a fridge, so it one or the other!

Why do people pay these silly prices for Galliard Homes, same sort of money in the area gets you a lot better place and twice the size.

A advert they did on LBC recently corrected someone in the advert who said Eltham in the way it is said by everyone around the area.... NO DARLING ITS NOT ELTHAM, ITS ELHTHAM.

This video really made me laugh
Love how they promote the doors, it should read ' not big enough to swing a cat, so be tempted by sliding doors as real doors means half your bedroom space is taken up every time a normal door opens!'

FintonStack said...

No mention that the building's by Frederick Gibberd: Modernism's in vogue, and I thought there'd be a bit of cachet in that. Still, they're clearly being sold as investments rather than homes, and I'd imagine architectural pedigree's quite far down the list for buy-to-let-ers.

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

Jim Hudson said...

Wow, yes, it's true. Along with Rodney Gordon's Eros House down the road at Catford, Lewisham's got a beautiful brutal thing going on...

FintonStack said...

Eros House has been mutilated, sadly, though it got off lightly compared to just about every other Rodney Gordon building.

Jim Hudson said...

True. Only just looked at some images of how it used to be, looks like the messing up of the facades was quite recent? http://www.vitruvianas.co.uk/concretebuildings.php

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