New Cross Area Framework & Station Opportunity Study — London

Client
London Borough of Lewisham / Transport for London / Greater London Authority

Collaborators
We Made That / Alan Baxter / Lambert Smith Hampton

New Cross is experiencing great change as part of significant developmental transformation in South London. This study - jointly commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London - aims to establish the key strategies to guide that change towards what the Mayor of London has termed ‘good growth’: transformation that acknowledges and works with the character of a particular place and its inhabitants and that is physically and socially diverse.

The extension of the Bakerloo line has the potential to radically alter New Cross as a place to live, work and study. It could have a dramatic impact on patterns of movement across the area, while also creating a catalyst for changes to the physical and social environment experienced at street level.

This study establishes an evidence base that allows insight into the life of New Cross, its economy and built environment and how that can be reinforced and improved. The study will be used by LB Lewisham, the GLA and TfL as they work with local communities to plan for the future of New Cross through projects like the LB Lewisham Local Plan, the Mayor’s London Plan, and the design of new Bakerloo line infrastructure.

The fundamental purpose of the study is to develop an aspirational and practical vision that maximises the benefit of infrastructure investment in terms of supporting Good Growth, through co-ordinating, negotiating and integrating the needs and desires of all those that have a stake in the future of New Cross.

The strategy aims to create high density mixed use development around the new Bakerloo line station, enhancing the high street and creating a connected piece of city. The study investigated various locations for the proposed Bakerloo line station box and a large format supermarket, assessing how these might impact development opportunities and contribute positively to the town centre.

Illustrative schemes communicate key development principles for sites on either side of the new station. The deep site is activated by a two sided street with a mix of retail and workspace uses at ground floor. A new footbridge and two street level connections complete local off road routes, overcoming railway severance and anchoring new development into the existing street network.

A multi-pronged approach to research and engagement – including doorstep conversations with over 500 business owners, walking workshops with leaders of local community organisations; public drop in sessions in community libraries and targeted workshops with local groups – ensured that diverse voices shaped the project’s brief and development.

Members of local community organisations took part in a series of walking workshops around New Cross and Deptford, aimed at gathering local knowledge to inform proposals.

Illustrative proposals for improved public realm and active ground floor uses on Amersham Vale. Proposals improve the approach between local parks, New Cross Station and New Cross Road.

Surrounded by rail infrastructure, Folkestone Gardens sits at the convergence of a number of pedestrian and cycle routes. Wayfinding and landscape proposals for Folkstone Gardens support ongoing feasibility work by local group Deptford Folk.

Improvements along Surrey Canal Road maintain the use of this road for servicing and heavy vehicles whilst enhancing the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

This project improves Woodpecker Road – one of New Cross’ most important north-south routes – extending the park-like feel of Fordham Park and Folkestone Gardens into the Woodpecker Estate.

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