With increasing demand for housing in London and the south east, and space limited, existing urban areas are continuously requiring redevelopment in order to meet demand. Every year millions of pounds are assigned to developers to build new housing, regenerate shopping areas, improve transport links, and generally regenerate specific areas to make them desirable places for people to live and work. In this blog, we take a look at the top areas of London getting a makeover in 2019.
Named 2019’s London Borough of Culture, Walthamstow is set for a £200 million cash injection, to coincide with Transport For London’s project to build a second entrance to Walthamstow Central station. The regeneration will include a makeover of The Mall shopping centre, with 450 new homes. There are also plans to convert Essex Brewery into flats, and create a new square by the station with shops, cafes and new homes.
The south-eastern borough has seen a number of changes recently, with further plans to develop the area set to continue throughout the year. St Mark’s Square, opposite Bromley South Station, was recently unveiled to include 200 new houses and flats, a new Vue cinema, and restaurant complex. At the other end of town, the old Odeon has recently been restored to its art deco glory days into a new Picturehouse Cinema.
The Paddington Basin project is £500 million of investment into redeveloping 11 acres of the area with over 900 homes, new office spaces, cafes, shops and restaurants. The most prominent new feature will be a 42-storey skyscraper, complete with a sky bar, which has already been dubbed the Blue Marrow due to its curved shaped and white ridges.
White Hart Lane
The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium has brought with it £1 billion to transform the surrounding area. Part of this will be the refurbishment of nearby White Hart Lane overground station, which will include a new entrance area and ticket hall. There will be 2,500 new homes, as well as a number of new public spaces including a new park, library, leisure centre, and community centre.
North Greenwich currently attracts thousands of fans to its O2 arena for entertainment purposes, however the surrounding area has not been subject to redevelopment, until now. A major regeneration project is set to see the building of a number of luxury waterside apartments. The area will be tapping into its reputation as an entertainment hub, with a design district to showcase budding artists and independent brands, a film district with music studios, production centres, and even a driving range.