Jul 20, 2021

Mayor and Cabinet approve Catford Framework Plan that will guide development in the town centre area over the next two decades

by Cecilia Lindström
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Working for the London Borough of Lewisham as lead urban designers, architects and landscape architects, Studio Egret West has crafted a long-term vision for Catford that seeks to address a number of long-standing issues whilst celebrating and enhancing the area’s special character.
Thomas Lane Yard The Thomas' Lane Yard adds a diverse mix of workspaces and commercial uses to the back of Catford Broadway

In bringing together this framework, which sets out a 10-15 year plan, we’ve worked closely with our architectural collaborators Turner Works, and a wider team of specialists to help ensure a resilient and flexible placemaking vision that is guided by local voices and aspirations.

The framework establishes an overarching direction for the town centre, as well as detailed masterplans for key regeneration sites to steer future detailed plans and proposals. The plan comprises: up to 2,700 new homes; a new Council/civic campus; a diverse mix of town centre uses; meanwhile leisure and entrepreneurial spaces; a variety of workspaces; new open spaces and a greening of the public realm. Together, these facets have the potential to revive Catford Town Centre and enable new ways of living, working and learning.

Ravensbourne Quarter The de-culverted River Ravensbourne will become the focal point for a new residential led neighbourhood

This is a really important moment for Catford, and I’m excited that we can now focus on translating our vision into positive change for the local community as we work to make Catford the greenest town centre in London. Several exciting projects are already underway and there’s more to come over the next 12 months. These projects will deliver new social homes, bring hundreds of jobs into the town centre and help improve Catford’s cultural offer ahead of our year as Borough of Culture in 2022.”
Damien Egan Mayor of Lewisham
Public Consultation 2 Public consultation for the framework took place at Catford Cornucopia

This landscape-led framework offers an opportunity to transform Catford town centre from a traffic dominated to a people focused place. The scheduled rerouting of the south circular allows for the consolidation of the town centre and shift the focus to a new pedestrian civic heart that is sheltered from passing traffic, and made more welcoming through improved walking/cycling links and a healthy injection of soft planting and green space. The ambition is to make Catford town centre more liveable and enjoyable for a growing population, underpinned by up to 2,700 new homes.”
Cecilia Lindstrom Associate Director
Catford Road Zoomed In Catford Road will be rerouted and made more welcoming through improved walking/cycling routes and verdant planting

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