Plan for £230m south London gasholder site scheme

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
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London developer Avanton has revealed plans for a £230m mixed-use regeneration scheme on the Old Kent Road in South East London.

Plan involves retaining historic Victorian gasholder as a focal point for housing scheme
Plan involves retaining historic Victorian gasholder as a focal point for housing scheme

The firm has just acquired a gasholder site that it will remediate to pave the way for hundreds of homes and over 50,000 sq ft of light industrial commercial use.

Plans for the Gasholders site are still at a very early stage but will include keeping the 49 metre high main Grade II listed Victorian gasholder, originally built in 1879-1881 by George Livesey.

The gasholder frame will be transformed into a striking architectural feature within the gardens and parkland of the new development.

Within the skeleton of the gasholder, there are plans for a pavilion, water features and gardens to create a focal point for the residential and commercial buildings within the new development.

Avanton now owns three major sites on Old Kent Road, making it the biggest investor and developer on the OKR regeneration area.

Alongside the Gasholders site, Avanton has already gained planning permission for 1,152 new homes and a sports centre on the Ruby Triangle site which the developer plans to launch in 2020.

Designed around a large landscaped courtyard garden, the Ruby Triangle development has been drawn up by architect Farells.

Avanton’s third site at 651 Old Kent Road, the 262-home  Carpetright scheme, is also in the planning system.

Omer Weingberger, Managing Partner at Avanton said: “Avanton’s acquisition of the Gasholders site on Old Kent Road highlights our commitment to investment and regeneration in the London Borough of Southwark.

“Our trio of projects will help to spearhead the transformation of Old Kent Road into a new town centre for London. Alongside this there is the planned extension of the Bakerloo Line with two new stations on Old Kent Road.”

Old Kent Road is undergoing a £10.7 billion regeneration with new homes, and workspace for up to 10,000 new jobs, commercial, retail and leisure facilities.

The Council’s Old Kent Road Opportunity Area envisages three new schools and nine school extensions, alongside £3.1 billion invested in upgraded transport facilities, chiefly the new Bakerloo Line Extension.

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