The Scheme

Today New Bermondsey is an underused 30-acre industrial site in the northernmost tip of the London Borough of Lewisham. These proposals, approved by Lewisham Council in January 2022, aim to transform an underused industrial area into a new part of London with 3,500 homes, enabling the proposed Overground station and providing new sports facilities for the community, plus the creation of up to 1,250 jobs. They will also enable Millwall FC to bring forward their own vision for the land surrounding the stadium in the future.

New Bermondsey is a 30 acre development project proposed for the land surrounding Millwall Football Club.

In 2012 outline planning permission for 2,400 homes and 50,000 square metres of commercial space was granted for New Bermondsey, then known as Surrey Canal. Since then, the context for development has changed, especially the need to provide more affordable homes and Millwall FC’s wish to bring forward their own proposals for their stadium. Renewal has responded by listening to Millwall FC and by refreshing the Masterplan in consultation with Lewisham Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Key changes to the Masterplan include an increase in both the number of new homes (from 2,400 to 3,500) and the number of affordable homes (from 10% to 35%). All homes will be provided in towers above non-residential uses (such as shops, offices and sports facilities) creating a diverse neighbourhood. The towers vary in height across the site from 13 – 44 storeys; most towers are around 29/30 storeys.

Our proposals take into careful consideration the industrial heritage and unique character of the area, and include:

  • Much needed new homes including affordable homes – We are providing 3,500 high-quality homes for rent and sale, 35% of which will be affordable – at least one in three homes. The final mix of type and size of affordable homes is to be determined with the eventual Registered Provider(s) that will manage the homes and Lewisham Council;
  • Opening up the site and providing new public realm – We will be creating new, well-lit, walking and cycling routes through the site and improving 14 surrounding railway arches and underpasses. 13 public spaces and routes, including improvements to the existing park at Bridgehouse Meadows, will provide health and recreational opportunities that will be fully accessible for new residents and the local community;
  • Improved connections and a new station – The scheme will provide two new bus routes through the site and enable the proposed Overground station at Surrey Canal Road to support the area’s growth and to improve connections to Lewisham, central London and Canary Wharf;
  • A new state-of-the-art indoor sports complex for Lewisham & south London – We will be creating high quality sports facilities, for the local community and schools, providing a wide range of activities including multi-use sports halls, a swimming pool, gym, community youth club, and multi-purpose arena;
  • A thriving local economy and new job opportunities – The scheme provides space for digital, health, childcare, sports and creative industries alongside shops, bars, cafes, restaurants which will create up to 1,250 jobs, including construction jobs, and help create a thriving local district, greatly improving the local economy for existing residents and businesses.

Who we are

Renewal is the developer of the masterplan site, owns the vast majority of the developable land and has been assembling the site and developing a vision and strategy for this scheme since 2004.