Bermondsey Spa to be regenerated with 2,000 new homes

This historic area will be reinvented with a mix of private, shared-ownership and affordable rent homes, and contemporary architecture that stands out from the crowd.
Bermondsey Spa — the name sounds as if it could have been invented by an overzealous estate agent. But this historic area, now the focus of a regeneration initiative creating 2,000 new homes, proves that old neighbourhoods can be reinvented as attractive places to live and work.
Bordering fashionable Shad Thames, this gritty pocket of Southwark borough was for many years a Bermondsey backwater, sliced in two by a railway viaduct linking to nearby London Bridge. The railway arches fell into dereliction, leading to property blight, but the 50-acre zone has been transformed with a mix of private, shared-ownership and affordable rent homes, and contemporary architecture that stands out from the crowd.

Porter Building, pictured, is the last phase of flats, due for completion this summer, with floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, sheltered balconies and patio gardens. From £410,000. Call 020 7237 1200.

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