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Tesco Drop Old Kent Road Proposals

Tesco Stores redevelopment of a site off Old Kent Road in London has been dumped by the developer following a review the Mayor of London, that somewhat negatively raised concerns about the design, affordable housing and transport facilities than the developer.

Coming from the pens of BDP Architects the scheme features a series of multi-coloured blocks that rise up to 13 storeys in height on a 2.4 hectare plot that's currently a low-rise Tesco supermarket and its attached sprawling car park - an under utilised valuable piece of real estate about a mile south of London Bridge.

The development would have seen a new supermarket of 10,880 square metres filling the bulk of the site and acting as a podium for the bulk of the new housing blocks which would have stood above it overlooking the landscaped roof of the shop. In total the scheme would have had 369 new apartments on it plus parking on it for 696 cars.

For a start the redevelopment breaks the London Plan because it isn't situated in a major retail centre but paradoxically there is already a store on site which does raise the question for all supermarkets of how they can redevelop their shops which are outside of the approved shopping areas.

Local retailers in particular fear the development will lead to a drop in trade if it is permitted to go ahead and Southwark council worry the plans will disrupt their own long-running regeneration of Elephant and Castle by undermining it.

The Commission For Architecture and Built Environment focused their criticism on the blocks above a podium comparing it to a sixties housing estate although if done well this can work as the Barbican shows.

Quite what Tesco wish to do next is anyone's guess but it's clear they are going to struggle to progress with their plans in the current form and that any retail expansion of the site will break the London Plan as it is not in a shopping area.

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Tesco Store Site Block E

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Old Kent Road plans
Old Kent Road plans