Developer Sellar's proposals to regenerate part of Canada Water with 1,030 new flats along with new office and retail space have been approved by Southwark Council.
Its plans cover sites totalling 3.09 hectares on either side of Surrey Quays Road. One is currently occupied by sports-and-outdoor product retailer Decathlon, the other by the “What“ store.
Members of Southwark’s planning committee backed Sellar’s outline plans to demolish the structures and replace them with a five-building scheme designed by MacCreanor Lavington Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and Claus en Kaan Architecten.
The structures range in height from five to 40 storeys and also include around 16,000 sq metres of retail floorspace - most of which will be a new Decathlon store, up to 2,800 sq metres of office floor space, a 700 sq metre cinema complex, and around 650 sq metres of health-centre floospace.
Councillor Fiona Colley, Southwark’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said the development would provide a new focal point for the area.
“The new homes, with their bold and exciting architecture will replace the lifeless, out-of town, retail-park look the area is associated with,” she said.
“The new Decathlon store will be retained as an anchor to the town centre we’re beginning to see emerge.
“This approval will help to realise the vision of the area action plan to create a new heart for Rotherhithe.”
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