Shop Stop is being sold for £100m

Author: Cyril Richert

The 70,000 sq ft retail parade constructed in 1987, Shop Stop scheme at the entrance to Clapham Junction station on St John’s Hill, SW11 is being sold.

The shopping parade was previously owned by the Metro Shopping Fund, the joint-venture with Landsec and Delancey, but is now 100% owned by DV4, clients of Delancey, having bought in the other 50% in April 2017. The price is said to be around £100m – a circa 4% yield

Current retailers include a 5,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s Central, M&S Simply Food, Paperchase, Café Nero, Hotel Chocolat, Mac Cosmetics and Monsoon, as well as a 14,000 sq ft gym let to Fitness First. The property also contains office space on the first and second floors, with additional basement parking. Continue reading

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PCS to become a NHS centre

Author: Cyril RichertThe saga of the PCS building continues. A planning application (2018/2208) is being submitted to transform the first floor from office space to a healthcare facility.

Harmless enough, it seems to be due to the local community healthcare services having been transferred from St Georges NHS trust (who already have local facilities in the area) to Central London NHS trust (who don’t have many); it’s been a bit of an issue for a while in health circles and this seems a reasonably pragmatic (and cheap) solution. The NHS should receive appointments from hospitals for maternity/sexual health. Continue reading

Winstanley regeneration: when the “consultation” becomes a farce

Author: Cyril Richert

Latest plans for skyscrapers on York Gardens

With the latest developments along York Road, we have now potentials for even taller buildings“, I was told at the Winstanley & York exhibition in November 2017 by the head of the project team.

New “landmark tower” (32 storeys) on York Garden

Indeed he was right: every new exhibition the building size increases by X% and their new proposal shows a 32 storey tower (as usual called “a landmark tower“), which is part of a block including also a 20 storey tower and a 17 storey tower! Continue reading

An opportunity for Falcon Bridge?

Author: Cyril Richert

Falcon Bridge in 2018

You have probably used Falcon Bridge in the past, this very large path under the Clapham Junction tracks. This under-path is often blamed not only for its unwelcoming experience (why is it so dark?), but also for the “division” it creates between the Lavender Hill area of mostly Victorian design and the modern blocks of Winstanley and York estates.

Wandsworth Council has invited residents, businesses and local school children to comment on design proposals to refurbish a large railway bridge. The aim is to improve the appearance and feel of the underpass, turning it into an attractive and user-friendly route for pedestrians and cyclists.

According to the Press Release, Wandsworth Council, in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture, launched the call out to architects, designers, artists and students back in January – and have now unveiled the final proposals from the six shortlisted designers or architects.

Design by Jan Kattein Architects

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Our aspirations to reform planning decisions in the borough of Wandsworth

Author: Cyril Richert

The Clapham Junction Action Group is committed to raise awareness on better consultation, transparency and taking into account seriously the voice of local residents on planning matters.

Today, as voters are electing their councillors who are going to represent them and take decisions for the borough of Wandsworth for the next 4-5 years, we would like to call for reforms in the way Wandsworth Council is consulting and pushing through planning applications and developments.

We list below a series of aspirations that we hope the next Council will consider.

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Network Rail reveals ambitious plans for Clapham Junction station

Author: Cyril Richert

Clapham Junction station: Brighton Yard entrance

At the beginning of April, it was announced that Network Rail has taken over the running of the station to allow it to take any decisions on its redevelopment more easily.

NR is looking at options to relieve congestion in the short term, as well as investigating the feasibility of a massive station redevelopment in the longer term.
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