Ladywell Storey

Once upon a time not long ago, when people wore pyjamas and lived life slow,
There lived a lil' boy who was misled, by anotha lil' boy and this is what he said:
"Me, Ya, Ty, we gonna make sum cash, robbin' old folks and makin' tha dash",
They did the job, money came with ease, but one couldn't stop, it's like he had a disease,
- Children's Story, Slick Rick

The developers of 59 Ladywell Road, the site of the former adhesives factory, have resubmitted their plans, proposing to add another story and onto the building. The construction is already at an advanced stage, so this is a pretty unorthodox move, but another storey makes it a more elegant proposition as it looms over the bridge.

Whatever the aesthetics, resident Caroline reckons the reason given for the new submission is a cheek. In the clunky design and access document it says:

"The council have historically been very concerned about the impact of an additional storey on site and it is accepted that the Inspector had only to deal with an application for four storeys.

"The new owners and current applicants have considered the effect of an extension to the building providing an additional floor only when they had completed the external structure and could visualise more clearly the impact that an extension may have and indeed could see the benefits of such an extension. The CGI’s that were produced show an additional storey provided benefits (providing a better navigational landmark) and did not appear to have the range of negative impacts originally foreseen by the council."

 The date for commenting on the application is 26th December. Click here to participate.

16 comments:

Algernonian said...

You have to be kidding! It's a shoddy piece of work at best. I'm guessing they need an extra floor to make up for the fact that no-one in their right mind would take on the ground floor flat looking out onto the rail line with trains passing a mere 30cms away! I still can't believe they knocked down a beautiful art deco building for this piece of bilge.

Russell Farage said...

They have been building it for an age obviously a company with the same kind of laid back style as conway.The building looks rubbish and doesnt add anything decent to the area just another unappealing modern block which will look dated very quickly. Why add another level when they are seriously struggling to sell the fkers as is!

Anon said...

Only when they had completed the external structure could I visualise more clearly the impact this building would have and could see the benefit of removing a storey or two.

Rosie said...

Another storey would make it even worse; not better. We've been amazed at how poorly it was being thrown up and the layout doesn't suit the site in the least. It's office space masquering as potential rabbit hutch apartments

Lady in the Well said...

It wasn't an Art Deco building though, the glue factory was built in the 80's.

Sue L said...

I wonder how closely the Council's Building Control team have monitored the construction work - the insulation I saw going in was pretty minimal and I'd be surprised if it conformed to current building regs. I'm no expert but the cladding has covered up some pretty shoddy-looking brick work. I would agree with other commenters that it's been pretty poorly built, but I'm not personally that bothered if it has another storey or not, especially if that creates enough units to require them to include some social housing. Work stalled on the site for ages, as though one construction company ran out of money, then suddenly Acorn came along and were rushing to get a show home open. A nicely converted Adhesives Factory would have been better, but were are where we are now.

anon said...

There is no social housing in this development. Take a look at the website for the details of their submission.

Moira said...

There was mould already in one flat, and they're pushing the high finish spec of all Villeroy Boch. Several have been sold already apparently.

ianerc said...

Considerably older than that. Built around the shell of a Victorian mansion. And, regardless of the age, built in a very nice Art Deco style which was the subject of much admiration. It wasn't historically that important, just beautiful.
The new thing looks like an unfortunate meeting of Lego and Exlax.
Cheap, nasty, shoddy, ugly.

frank lloyd shite said...

It is an awful building in terms of design and construction. Nasty, nasty poorly built facetted 'curved' facade with questionable, leak prone, badly detailed ledgy bits. Makes me ashamed to be an architect. I will be formally objecting but the horse has well and truly bolted on this site!

Mike Goldberg said...

While I'm not sure who wants to live with a view of the rail tracks and road bridge, I was wondering why the only built 1 level above bridge level. So I makes sense to add a level especially given the shortage of housing in London. At least a few flats will get some natural light.

Phoebusa said...

I think most of us prefer this to the new cheapo eyesore

Phoebusa said...

I think most of us prefer this to the new cheapo eyesore

Vicar's Knickers said...

Another example of poor quality design, shoehorned into an inappropriate plot. Lewisham council can't complain about there being no jobs in the borough when all they do is change industrial premises into more and more flats. Where are small businesses going to start? NOT in this borough!

anon said...

If they wanted to build an extra storey they should have included it in the original planning application. If built, these two extra flats will be the most expensive in the whole development. The only people who will benefit are the developers who are really trying to pull a fast one here. Hopefully there will be lots and lots of objections.

John Eltham said...

Does anyone know the who/when/why/what re: the name. Obvs I'm aware of the ballroom, any link between the Rivoli and the solidified urine they've built in Ladywell? I really hope not...

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