Tower House to be redeveloped

Another piece of the Lewisham jigsaw is the target for redevelopment. Tower House, which has Europe's largest police station abutting it and has variously housed a Yates' Wine Lodge, three kinds of gym and an adult learning centre, is the next major building to be proposed for a residential conversion.

A consultation has been launched and developers say:

Tower House is a distinctive local landmark with a striking art deco facade; but has long been neglected, subject to unsympathetic alterations, and is currently under-occupied. MHA Associates are bringing forward plans to rejuvenate this building and would like to invite you to exhibitions of the evolving proposals.

We plan to rejuvenate this building through:

- A sympathetic restoration of the historic building frontage: the period features will be repaired and preserved
- The creation of a new street front: the ground floor facade will be brought forward to the pavement, bringing new life to the north side of the High Street
- An extension of the building: providing new housing

The current building is in a sorry state, so hopefully they aim to do this properly. More residential in central Lewisham is welcome, so long as they take the search for a suitable ground floor commercial tenant seriously.

Thanks to Sophie for sharing.

12 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

You missed Co-operative out of the list of previous uses.

Anon said...

First it was pubs....

Sounds like the fitness club and 'Twins' are to be shown the door?

Is this scheme to convert from business to housing because the current government has made this profitable route easier?

That's Riverdale House, Citi Tower & now Tower House being converted to housing...is it the whiff of a fast buck being presented as meeting a housing shortage?

Charlie said...

This illustrates how investing in the local environment can lead to wider benefits - the 'Gateway' work is making central Lewisham a more attractive place to live and I doubt the Citibank and this scheme would have come forward otherwise.

Monkeyboy said...

is it listed in some way?

terrencetrentderby said...

All crap neglected/empty buildings that will soon be full of people, helping ease the housing shortage. But yes there should be a ban on pub conversions.

Charlie said...

The building itself isn't but the Clock Tower is Grade II.

http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1079987

Max Calò said...

I quite agree, I don't really see what wider benefit there is in converting a very prominent commercial location into housing. And the prospective density of Lewisham with all the schemes already unveiled is I think already higher of what the infrastructure can support.

Headhunter said...

I've always wondered what the original use of this building was. It's got dates in the brickwork at the top and trains, planes and ships sculpted into it in art deco style... Was it some kind of travel agent? Seems unusual to have such a large building for such a use back in the early 20th century. Anyone got any ideas?

Charlie said...

Co-op department store (the RACS stands for Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society) apparently.

http://carolineld.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/tower-house-lewisham.html

Headhunter said...

Ah RACS, they owned the site of the west side Sainsbury's, I remember when it was being converted they revealed some old signage.... Thanks. Wonder why it has the transport theme though....

Charlie said...

Did anyone go to the consultation yesterday?

pb4 said...

cheapest flats are going to be £900,000 for a studio

http://www.towerlofts.co.uk/contact/

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