Lord Ha' Mercy

Plans to replace industrial facilities on Mercy Terrace in Ladywell with a hefty new student accommodation block have been released. A planning application has been submitted for:

The new block
"Demolition of the existing building and the construction of a mixed use development comprising approx. 250sqm of office floorspace (Use Class B1) and 97 student rooms and ancillary accommodation together with disabled parking and landscaping."
The site, lurking beneath Ladywell Road
Swapping warehouse space for accommodation is the right move and the block looks OK to us, but others will have stronger views, no-doubt!

26 comments:

Headhunter said...

I don't know the existing warehouse building but it doesn't look like much of a loss and the replacement looks OK although that's an artist impression designed to impress....

AliAfro said...

Bit surprised to see student accom there - they usually locate it a big closer to the university don't they? I suppose you can get the train to new cross from ladywell...

JosephJohnODonnell said...

I am glad they took my comments about it being in stock brick on board. I hope the green is the copper cladding they talked about using. That will look rather nice if so.

Woman of Brockley said...

It's not a Goldsmiths project as far as I can see. It's being built by a business specialising in providing student accommodation. The students could be enrolled anywhere in London - Goldsmith's is obviously nearest, but there's King's, LSE, South Bank, Greenwich, Trinity Laban and Ravensbourne to name just the ones within half an hour's commute. Bit odd to put a block out in the sticks a long way from other student residences and amenities, though.

Mr Cynical said...

#Luxury Apartments #Deception ;)

Headhunter said...

Yes, very likely. Student accommodation is a common investment class for property development and investment companies... It'll be open to any student in London if they need a home

JosephJohnODonnell said...

It's hardly out in the sticks and presumably it will be cheaper than more central options - having students in Ladywell will hopefully boost the local buisnesses and night life. Great idea.

Guest said...

A much better (if boring) design than the Unite crap in Stratford!

Woman of Brockley said...

Oh yes, I'm sure it will be a bit cheaper than more central options, but it's Zone 3 and a long way from the nightlife.

Kenny Tinsel said...

The area needs a primary school more than it needs student accommodation.

Thumbs up said...

Just about anything new on that site would be an improvement, it is a pretty tatty industrial area.

Hopefully, it will stimulate other investment in Ladywell.

Anon said...

Where are all these debt laden students coming from, in 2012 permission was given for two 11 storey blocks with 142 student housing units (410 bedspaces) at Sherwood Court, Thurston Road. Although the documents state 168 student units.

http://planning.lewisham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_LEWIS_DCAPR_67094

I do dread people who say things like, "Just about anything new on that site would be an improvement.." that's music in the ears for some developers as it can mean they have a free hand.

I notice it will have big glass windows, as do the new 'adhesive' apartments across the railway track, they can wave to each other.

Will it being 5 storeys high have an impact?

Brockley Nick said...

"Where are all these debt laden students coming from"


From the record numbers of students who now attend university

investor said...

The students will often be from overseas, as indeed will be the investors. Their appreciation of the geography of London is probably not the best.

terrencetrentderby said...

Coming over here subsidising our universities
and paying for our developments, scumbags.

Danja said...

The drawings are annotated with a photo which looks like Pyrolave.

Newby said...

Record numbers of UK citizens are going to university with a higher % of kids from poorer homes doing so than in the socialist paradise north of the border. Evil Tories.

Headhunter said...

Not that these record numbers of UK citizens going to university have much to look forward to. Decades ago an undergrad degree actually meant something and it still does if you get a decent degree in a "proper" subject like Maths, sciences or languages from a decent institution.


The problem is that the " free marketisation" of the higher education has led to a mass of throw away degrees and qualifications... All that students end up with is a pile of debt and a McJob.... It would be far better for a lot of these kids currently pushed into pointless higher education to instead get jobs or apprenticeships....

career opportunities said...

1.4 million jobs answering the phone and making cold calls have been created to keep them off the streets and gives the social media generation some valuable customer service skills. Far better than all that awful yoof unemployment and punk rock we used to have. They can't all expect to be high skilled heating/drainage/ventilation/sanitation engineers (or whatever plumbers are called these days. There are only so many pipes to be push-fitted.

Headhunter said...

Does the social media generation really need a degree in marketing and media or whatever which costs 10s of thousands of quid to answer the phone and make cold calls? They should save their cash....

career opportunities said...

They are jobs that help pay their rent between those media internships. Hopefully, before their twenties are out, they will will find a living in some corner of the e-economy.

If, during their carefree student days, they spend their loan in Ladywell, it will boost the local economy. It needs certainly needs it, after the mishandling of the Ladywell makeover pushed local businesses to the edge.

Pity they could not develop the rest of that area on the Lewisham side of the bridge and open a public path along the river.

Anon said...

What happens during holiday periods particularly summer, do students remain in their lodgings or disperse?

Could the rooms be rented to school groups visiting London?

sharon said...

When I lived in similar UoL halls, they'd be occupied in summer by either master's / phd students from abroad who wanted to work through, or visiting summer students (at the university for language courses etc).

Mark said...

I depends on which University and this seems to be a private development. Often Universities rent out to anyone over the summer months including tourists.

Mark said...

Yet again, a missed opportunity for housing for local people; these will be for foreign students and if not sponsored by one of the London universities it will be a private development priced well above what a domestic student could afford. That said the local pubs will be pleased.

Headhunter said...

How do you guarantee housing only for local people? If this had been a development of flats or a series of 2 or 3 bed houses, what would have stopped overseas investors buying them and renting them out, or even people from north of the river for that matter?

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