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Our approach to master planning

Where do we begin?

Grosvenor’s vision
To create a new part of this neighbourhood, which is fully integrated into Bermondsey, both socially and physically, and is a place where people want to live, work, learn and visit.
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Local Learning
We learn everything we can about the area, the people and the place. We try to understand what works,  what doesn’t, and where  the opportunities are – as our context model seeks to demonstrate.
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Our Experience
We use our experience from our many successful schemes around the world, and our philosophy of what makes a great place.
From this we develop  a set of design drivers to shape our thinking;

Respecting the area’s heritage

1. Keetons Road, including the school

The Keetons Road connection would be reinstated to its original form creating a new pedestrian prioritised north-south route, and a direct link between Bermondsey Station and The Blue.

  • Small convenience focused retail units to meet everyday needs at the ground floor of new residential buildings lining the reinstated Keetons Road connection.
  • New purpose built premises for Compass School Southwark, a 600 place secondary school.
  • A new pedestrian ‘green link’ would be created south of the school, connecting Keetons to Drummond Road.
Keetons Road, including the school Keetons Road, including the school

2. Drummond Road

Drummond Road remains the predominant north-south vehicular route with a more urban character.

  • Ground floor amenities opposite Lockwood Square could include community focused cultural and/or leisure uses. 
  • Public open spaces and pedestrian routes would open up the new part of the neighbourhood to surrounding residents.
  • A new central play space at the Drummond Road / Clements Road junction, animated with convenience retail, cafes and leisure uses to activate this key route.
  • Opposite City Hope Church a new public space would be created at the base of a new residential building. The older historic buildings of the Biscuit Factory Factory (owned and operated by Workspace Group Plc.) remain the commercial centre of the new neighbourhood.
A network of well-used streets & spaces

3. Clements Road

Clements Road would remain primarily a residential street, with some new commercial uses in the ground floor of the retained warehouse building.

  • The large warehouse would be retained, celebrating the history of the site and keeping the existing streetscape opposite the Victorian terrace housing.
  • A unique, central atrium space would create opportunities for workspace, retail, leisure and/or cultural uses, which would open out into the heart of the site. A special place where people will want to visit and meet friends.
  • Offices and new homes would occupy the first and second floors, a roof garden would offer views towards central London and approximately five storeys would be added at the back of the building away from Clements Road.

4. The Arches

The heart of the site, envisaged as a busy area full of life with a wide range of different activities which open out onto the public spaces that would be regularly used for events and activities.

  • Three buildings of varying heights with the tallest at c.26 storeys acting as physical markers for the heart of the new neighbourhood, and the focal point of north – south and east – west routes.
  • These buildings would use reconstituted stone to create a ‘Bermondsey-based’ colour palette, and would reflect the character of the railway with arches at ground floor.
  • The area would complement The Blue to the south, which would be newly accessible through the railway arches.
Supporting a thriving community Supporting a thriving community

5. The Low Line

  • Two new pedestrian routes would be created under the railway line creating easier, safer and more direct access to and from The Blue.
  • Creation of a new walking and cycling route along the viaduct itself.
Creating  variation
Creating  variation

5.1 Railway arches (Network Rail)

  • The 42 railway arches bordering the site (owned by Network Rail) currently have a high vacancy rate.
  • Network Rail is proposing to bring this valuable resource back into greater use.
  • The refurbished arches would be more open, integrated and flexible, providing opportunities for new shops, local business and light industrial uses.