Today (15 July) and on Thursday (17 July), there are public opportunities to find out what British Land is planning to do with the redundant Printworks – Harmsworth Quay where the Daily Mail, the Standard and the Metro were printed for years – now it is joined in fate with the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. The complete development of the SE16 Printworks as it is now called is at the earliest stage of consideration. Soundings who are undertaking the community consultations for British Land has finished its first phase of conversations and reported on these in June. Out of those discussions, British Land – who own both sites – have decided to consider the two in concert.

Surrey Quays shopping centre by Ben Sutherland CC Flickr, SE16Today and on Thursday, the Sounding Team will be running a public exhibition outside BHS at the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. The goal of this interim period of consultation is to gauge the community views about the implications of planning to redevelop both sites. Many people said to the first phase consultation that they felt the retail offer was poor and not keeping up with the area’s development, still less adding to the area’s viability and economic success. The addition of the huge shopping centre site to the already huge and very critical Printworks site, with its extensive parking area and linking Canada Water and Surrey Quays stations makes this a momentous decision for Rotherhithe’s future.

  • Tuesday 15 July 12.30-8.30pm Mini-exhibition + Presentation & Feedback Session at the Shopping Centre
  • Thursday 17 July 5.00-9.00pm Mini-exhibition + ‘Street & Spaces’ Focus Session at the Shopping Centre

If you want to follow planning developments in Canada Water, make sure you get along to the Canada Water Consultative Forum meetings. Find out details here: Canada Water Consultative Forum

More detail from British Land and Soundings at SE16 Printworks

See the earlier post : Redesigning Canada Water