Lewisham Shopping Centre to get much-needed upgrade

Property giant Landsec has been granted permission for a much-needed upgrade to its Lewisham Shopping Centre in Southeast London.

Lewisham Shopping Centre is to be upgraded

The 358,000 sq ft centre was originally opened in 1977 as the Riverdale Centre and has seen some ups and downs in its more-than-40-year history. 

However, major building works in Lewisham, the extension of the Docklands Light Railway to the town and the gradual gentrification of the area have helped deliver higher visitor numbers at a time when smaller shopping malls have struggled. The planned Bakerloo line underground extension should also boost visitor traffic.

That said, its overall profile skews towards lower-end stores (the mall is currently anchored by Argos, H&M, M&S, Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx) and the centre still suffers from issues such as groups of schoolchildren causing problems. Last month it was forced to ban unaccompanied schoolkid groups and anti-social behaviour resulted it being closed for an entire evening in the middle of the month.

Now Lewisham Council has given the Bluewater owner permission for a series of upgrades that will also see it rebranded as Lewisham Place.

The upgrade works will be all about visibility and connectivity and will focus on the six different entrances to the centre with new graphics in green and grey, and new materials, including timber, natural stone and stainless steel, being used to bring the centre into the 21st century.

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