Monday, 6 February 2017

Ladywell Fields Tennis Court Refurb

Many of you will have noticed that works have commenced at the tennis courts in the north field, opposite the Hospital.   The work started on 9 Jan 2017 and the contractors are hoping to complete around the end of March 2017, though the timescale is somewhat weather dependent.

Floodlights will be installed in phase 2 (later than March, but hopefully not too long after).  This is a Council project delivered in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Glendale.

Once upgraded - to high standards - access to the courts will require a digital fob (that will cost c.£30- 50 p.a. per individual or family) and an online booking system will enable fob access for pre-booked, one hour time slots.

Regular coaching sessions (at additional cost) will continue as now.

Robert Sheppard

Friday, 3 February 2017

Public Engagement Plans for Ladywell Victorian Baths (a.k.a. 'The Playtower')

Deborah Efemini, a Project Manager at Lewisham Council, writes:

As you may be aware we are currently developing an engagement strategy for Ladywell which will be a framework providing clear, informative two-way communications to ascertain the appetite for regeneration in the area.  It will be launched in mid-February and run throughout the fact finding process. Information obtained will be used to inform if and how the project is progressed.

The dates for engagement are below and can be found at  They will also be uploaded to the Council website shortly.

Saturday 11 February 2pm-5pm - St Andrew Centre, Brockley Road SE4 2SA

Saturday 18 February 10am-2pm - Good Hope Café, Place Ladywell, 261 Lewisham High SE13 

Saturday 25 February 2017 12noon-2pm - Hither Green Baptist Church Hall, Theodore Road SE13 6HT.

Thursday 2 March 6-9pm - Good Hope Café, Place Ladywell, 
261 Lewisham High  SE13 261

Wednesday 15 March 7-9pm - Ladywell Ward Assembly Meeting, 
Gordonbrock Primary School, Amyruth Road SE4 1HQ

Deborah's contact details are (e) and (t) 020 8314 3497 |  07391 863 312

Thursday, 19 January 2017

40 Ladywell Road to open as restaurant

As was, for c.20 years
For years 40 Ladywell Road - or 'Snack Bar' as it was always known (see photo right) - has been the rotten black tooth in the broad smile of Ladywell's revival.  Not for for much longer it seems.
The building has been refurbished from top to bottom with new roof, full paintjob and rear extension.
Let's hope this somehow incentivises other landowners to smarten up the still-shabby buildings - such as the upper floors of the DIY shop and a few of those opposite too. 
The word on the street is that before long 40 Ladywell Road will reopen as an Indian 'fusion' restaurant - so something a little different perhaps.

Can't wait.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Ladywell Baths ('Playtower') Website now 'live'

Further to the blog post below, the website set up by the Council to seek 'expressions of interest' in this exciting and important site, is now live - see

Spread the word!

Robert Sheppard

Friday, 9 December 2016

The Council sets out 'Playtower' Timetable

Lewisham Council has outlined the process through which it hopes to find a suitable development partner for the listed Ladywell Baths building on Ladywell Road (also known locally as 'The Playtower').  It says:
The London Borough of Lewisham is committed to bringing Ladywell Playtower back into use through a revival of its unique historical character, maintaining the significance of its local heritage and exploring benefits to the local community. Recently this process has been met with unforeseen delays. However, through renewed political and financial support, a project programme is now underway.  Please see below for programme specifics.
Stage 1: Preparing for Expression of Interests (EOIs) and Opportunity Live
The Council is running a competitive process to identify a development partner to take on the restoration and animation of Ladywell Playtower. Numerous parties have already expressed an interest, such as an independent cinema operator and mixed-used workspace providers. We are currently in the process of creating marketing materials for this opportunity. This will centre on a website, similar to that of Haggerston Baths, which will be used to provide key development information to potential partners. The EOI will go live at the beginning of January 2017.
Stage 2: EOI Submission and Round 1 Bidder Selection
The EOI submission phase will run from the beginning of January until the middle of February. It will allow potential partners to respond to the EOI criteria, outlining their vision for Ladywell Playtower, considering development feasibility and identifying local need. A round 1 shortlisting exercise will be used to feedback to both successful and unsuccessful partners, identifying those best suited to progress to the next bidding round. This round 1 bidder selection process will take place between the middle of February and beginning of March.
Stage 3: Community Consultation and Engagement
It is important to capture local community opinions and feedback on those successful bids from round 1 above. The information gathered will be provided to successful bidders progressing to stage 4, helping them to tailor their applications around local community needs and aspirations. This stage will run for the first few weeks of March.
Stage 4: Method Statement Submission and Round 2 Bidder Selection
The method statement submission phase will run from the beginning of March to the end of April. It will coincide with stage 3 above to allow potential partners enough time to develop detailed submissions. This stage will collect in-depth method statements and detailing from potential partners, scoping: development deliverability and feasibility, timescales, funding options, community and heritage value etc. This process will run from the beginning of March to the middle of April. A round 2 shortlisting exercise will evaluate submissions and provide feedback. It will culminate with the appointment of a preferred provider. This process will run from the end of April to the end of May.
Stage 5: Planning and Construction
This stage encompasses the attainment of planning consent and funding, finalising designs, construction works tendering and the commencement of building. Bringing this disused asset back to its former prowess is predicted to cost around £4/5 million, with project completion estimated to be no sooner than the summer of 2019. At least a 2 year planning and construction phase will be required.
The Council's has, over recent years, signally failed to make committed effort to safeguard the future of this building, despite the significant ongoing costs to the Council Tax payer.  So the Ladywell Village Improvement Group is pleased to see that a clear process is in now place and hopes the this results in good schemes which include at least some element of community access/use.  This might include a mix of some of the following - restaurant, bar, cinema, theatre, community office space, fitness/leisure facilities - though doubtless other options exist!
Robert Sheppard