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Squire Plans New Deptford Development

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has given a look over the latest Squire and Partners residential tall building reaching 100m and 30 floors, the centrepiece of a wider master-plan for the current Creekside Industrial Estate in Deptford Greenwich.

The tower comes as part of a development by Roseberry Homes of five buildings that will contain 686 residential units, 7,401 square metres of new floor space split between office, retail and leisure, plus 377 car parking spaces and new public space around the development.

Roseberry Homes had previously planned a much larger development 98,000 square metre mixed development that included a 30,000 sq m office block but this was dropped due to concerns about the viability of the project and which was felt to be too ambitious for the area.

Now the scheme has been scaled down but will still contain a substantial number of major buildings. The main tower, building B, is a slender profiled block that tapers down the top of one side almost creating a spire, clad in glass broken into a series repetitive horizontal and vertical sections.

Itís faced by an eight storey triangular block, building A, that will sit adjacent the acclaimed Lablan Centre and provide a continuous urban fabric between existing buildings in the area and this new development. The other blocks include buildings C and D of 13 floor blocks fronting onto Creek Road which will front on to public space, the largest part of which is a planned 3,500 sq m public square - a major improvement for an area that is currently an industrial estate with no public access.

The Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has welcomed many of the aspects of the plan such as the impact it will have on the emerging cluster in Deptford, the support it can provide regeneration in the area, the complimentary effect of it fitting in to the existing urban fabric, not to mention 400 plus new jobs it will create, and a cautious welcome to the aesthetic impact on the skyline of such a building. There was however also room for criticism.

In particular the scheme was seen to have failed in addressing environmental policies and the greenhouse gas emissions of the building were not fully tackled. As with many developments there was also complaints about the lack of affordable housing and specifically the inability of the developer to justify why they were unable to provide 50% of the project in this category and have currently allowed for only 31% although this is as much a complaint about a failure to argue why as a criticism of the level of affordable housing which is close to what other developers have provided. Also, the strategic issues had failed to be fully considered and expressed with the lack of certified visual representations of the project from Blackheath Point. Other issues namely transport, effects of noise were mentioned however there were no major noise concerns raised - again it is more a question of the applicant failing to properly address the issue than any solid criticism although to a point this will need to be dealt with by the local council, Greenwich.

All in all, a modest thumbs up that's sure to go back to the drawing board and be further refined with detail added before it can progress but if the developer and architect do press ahead it can expect to join the growing ranks of residential towers in Deptford in the future that include the recently approved trio at Convoys Wharf not to mention the rebuilt Aragon Tower.

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