Much of Lewisham has been a building site for a good few years now, and adding to the long list of developments are a couple of schemes on Thurston Road – a 410 bed student block and a 13-storey housing block named ‘Flora Villas’.

13-storey Flora Villas
13-storey Flora Villas

Demolition of the industrial estate on site appears almost complete with nothing but rubble visible from a passing train. The site of ‘Flora Villas’ was already mostly derelict, but its the large student blocks that will occupy most of the site.

Permission for the student blocks, named ‘Sherwood Court’, was given in 2012. 410 students will live in 142 flats.


Nearby is the recently completed Thurston Central block, with an ASDA due on the ground floor, and the final tower has completed at ‘Renaissance’:

Lewisham developments

Lewisham centralMatalan and the other retail sheds are hanging on in there, surrounded on all sides. It can’t be long.

The railway station has had a mini re-build to increase public space and access to platforms from the concourse as more people move to the area. Beside the station, Lewisham Central’s tower continues to rise.

North of the station, and the rebuilding of the Heathside and Lethbridge estates is pushing ahead. The number of homes at the estates is increasing from 565 to 1201.

A couple of other developments are practically complete. 29 homes at Goldcrest House. Great use of colour and liking the turquoise tiles. There’s some nice brickwork at either end:

Goldcrest House 2

Then there’s 137 flats at Riverdale House, which saw a 1980s office block converted to housing. It’s on Molesworth Street, close to the Citi bank tower, which itself has permission for conversion to 250 flats. Click here to see a webcam overlooking Lewisham, which is attached to the tower.