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Lewisham politicians give thumbs up as the 'gateway' nears completion

Local political leaders in Lewisham have given their thumbs up to one of the South East’s largest mixed-use programmes of regeneration.

The final phase of regeneration at Lewisham Gateway is currently less than a year away from completion and will be the last piece of this major new neighbourhood in the town centre. Once complete, the ‘gateway’ will have provided 1,000 new homes, leisure facilities, a new park and commercial spaces, and will even include a long-awaited Empire multiplex cinema.

Nationwide placemaker, Muse, welcomed local political figures, which included shadow minister for disabled people and Lewisham Deptford MP, Vicky Foxcroft, and Lewisham’s Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing Development and Planning, Cllr Brenda Dacres, on a site tour on Friday 11 November 2022. The tour took attendees through the new street that runs through the development, which will feature new bars and restaurants when it opens in 2023. Attendees also got the opportunity to look at some of the new apartments, workspaces and even reach the highest point of the gateway, to breathe in some spectacular views of the capital.

Tour attendees were particularly excited for the arrival of the new cinema, which will boost Lewisham’s cultural offering and checked in on the construction progress being made. Muse’s tour highlighted the benefits of both the public and private sector working together in partnership, with Muse working with Lewisham Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority to bring the vision for the gateway to life.

As well as providing on-site benefits, the gateway is also contributing to local jobs and the local economy. This month, the project celebrated two million operative hours worked on site.

Project partners are working together to deliver a comprehensive social value strategy, built around five key themes, supported by a number of outcomes and specific measures. The themes centre around promoting jobs and skills, supporting regional growth, empowering communities, protecting the environment and promoting social innovation. Financial proxy values have been attributed to measures within the framework, allowing Muse to report the overall contribution to society.

Using this framework, the total social and local economic value generated at Lewisham Gateway is close to £87 million, since the start of the project to September 2022, including:

• 294 apprenticeship weeks completed by 11 apprentices
• 40 hours career support sessions delivered in local schools
• 962 local people have worked on the project
• £60k community support provided to local organisations
• 35 weeks work experience for 11 local students from Lewisham
• £49m of spending in the local economy
• 22 hours of advanced health and safety training delivered to 11 Lewisham residents

Speaking after the tour, Muse projects director, Chris Coxall said, “it was great to show local politicians around the site to highlight the rapid progress being made by our partners at Balfour Beatty and Get Living. Our long-standing partnership with Lewisham Council has been imperative to delivering this scheme and the benefits will the for the whole community’s to reap for years to come.”

Deputy mayor of Lewisham, Brenda Dacres, also commented, “Lewisham Gateway will deliver long-term benefits to the whole of Lewisham. This award-winning scheme will create a thriving neighbourhood with 1,000 new homes, work and commercial spaces, and an exciting new cinema which residents have been anticipating for a long time. I am grateful to everyone who has worked on this including council officers and our partners Muse."