Our first phase of consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part and provided some incredibly helpful feedback and comments. We are now looking at a number of options for the future of the shopping centre and the consultation responses are helping to inform this work.
You can read of summary of the feedback below.
In the meantime, if you want to get in touch you can contact the team:
Shopping centre site
Lewisham Shopping Centre occupies a very large area of the town centre and is made up of a complex jigsaw of interlinked buildings and infrastructure. We would like to hear from you about ideas for the following:
- Better quality retail space that respond to the needs of Lewisham’s shoppers
- New homes in the town centre
- New employment opportunities
- Significant new arts and culture activity brought into the heart of Lewisham’s town centre
- Making Lewisham town centre healthier and greener
- New connections to the market and improve access between Lewisham’s green spaces
- Exciting temporary activities that involve the local community and drive wider benefits.
of respondents to our consultation said they visit Lewisham Shopping Centre at least once a week (or more).
Town centre experience
Lewisham Shopping Centre has been at the heart of the town centre for over 40 years and is need of renewal and improvement.
Lewisham Shopping Centre was opened in 1977 as the Riverdale Centre, the largest building in Lewisham town centre. The centre comprises of 70 shops set over 3 floors, an 800-space car park, offices, large internal service road and a disused leisure centre.
The disused leisure centre has been closed 20 years and offered sports facilities such as gymnastics, a five-a-side football, and badminton as well as an indoor crown green bowls court, bar area and function rooms. On the ground floor was the Riverdale Hall, the Obelisk pensioners day centre and Spotlights bar. The Hall hosted a variety of events including an Elvis Presley exhibition, a Christmas ice rink, tea dances, antiques markets, and a Saturday morning cinema club.
In the mid 1980s a major refurbishment of the centre saw the installation of glass atriums and the removal of a local icon – the Lewisham Figures Clock which included 11 animated figures representing characters of south London.
Landsec and the Lewisham shopping centre team are passionate about supporting the local community. Most recently, the NHS kidney testing units were based in the carpark during the COVID 19 crisis to alleviate pressure on the local hospital.
Adjacent to the shopping centre is very popular Lewisham market. Home to a range of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, food and clothing, it has been running since 1906. While immediately to the south of the centre is the Model Market, opened in the 1950s selling model toys it closed in the 2000s, but re-opened to host Street Feast offering pop up drinking and dining experiences.
“Pedestrianise and landscape the one-way road outside Lewisham shopping centre from the historic Lewisham clock tower onwards.…if this area was improved it could be a really great space.”
Direct quote from a respondent to our consultation
Town centre living
Lewisham Town Centre has changed significantly in recent years with the development of many new homes, a new leisure centre and improved open spaces.
The population of the borough of Lewisham is projected to increase from 311,000 in 2019 to over 366,000 in 2041 and to accommodate some of this growth Lewisham Council aims to increase the number of homes in the town centre by 2,500 between 2019 and 2041.
Source ONS 2016
Arts & culture
In 2023 London Borough of Lewisham will be London’s Borough of Culture. To celebrate, the borough will curate a year of arts, cultural events and activities.
The borough is home to a number of arts and cultural organisations, of which many are based in the town centre.
Lewisham is a diverse borough with residents who have stories from around the world, we want to make the town centre a place where this diversity is celebrated. We want to find out more about Lewisham’s evening economy and explore opportunities to create a more active town centre later in the day.
of respondents to our consultation said there are currently no cultural or arts activities in the centre though the Migration Museum is a popular feature.
Around 66,000 people working in the borough of Lewisham, with the largest areas of employment being retail and health and social care. Lewisham has around 10,000 active businesses in the borough and has the highest percentage in the UK of businesses employing less than five people.
We would like to know more about your experiences of working and learning in Lewisham.
Source ONS 2019.
“It used to be a great place to see gigs and go to the many cinemas; Celebration of local people is hidden by the shopping centre loos! We need to revive this pride in our borough”
Direct quote from a respondent to our consultation
The local environment
Lewisham is a green borough with parks and green spaces running throughout. There are pockets of green spaces within the town centre such as Cornmill Gardens and around the rivers. The town centre also has two rivers running through it, the Ravensbourne and the Quaggy. New public spaces such as Confluence Place are opening up and the future pedestrianisations of local streets will make it easier to get around on foot.
We are interested in your experience of the town centre’s environment such as its open spaces.
More than 66% of respondents to our consultation said more green landscaping and trees will improve their Town Centre experience.
The feedback to our consultation tells us that there is a lot of affection for the town centre area and shopping centre, but the feeling that they have been neglected and unloved, and there is potential for the area to become a vibrant and exciting place again.
Lewisham town centre has a good mix of different transport uses. The DLR links Lewisham to Canary Wharf and the City, while South East Trains connects the town centre to central London. In the future there is the potential Bakerloo line extension to Lewisham.
New cycle and pedestrian links have been opened up and there and the town centre has numerous local bus services connecting to south east London and beyond. However, despite these links there is still a lot traffic running through the town centre.