PLACE/Ladywell - a project funded by Lewisham Council with support from the Mayor of London - makes interim use of the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre whilst long-term plans are being decided. The building was commissioned by Lewisham Council and designed by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers. PLACE/Ladywell is fully demountable and will be moved to another location within the borough after five years on-site.
The upper floors are temporary housing managed by Lewisham Council. The ground floor offers affordable mixed-used spaces for local start-ups and creatives. The space creates opportunities for co-working desks, independent retail units and various small businesses. Lewisham Council is working in partnership with Meanwhile Space CIC who will managed the ground floor until the project is complete.
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