In the context of the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan and potential plans for the Bakerloo Line Extension, We Made That have been commissioned by Southwark Council to update the Old Kent Road Business Survey that was undertaken in 2015 by the GLA. This earlier study had identified around a million square meters of employment space, however today change can already be seen - with the loss of railway arches after the untangling of lines into London Bridge and new developments that are already in progress, such as Southwark Studios.
Enduring the bitter cold, initial mapping of businesses has now been completed. We are conducting detailed interviews with a representative sample of businesses and returning to other sites to make sure fine-grained mapping is captured.
For details from both Lewisham and Southwark councils, go to www.oldkentroad.org.uk where you can also sign up for updates about Old Kent Road. Additionally, Vital OKR and the Urban Room Old Kent Road are both local organisations working to raise the profile and continue the dialogue around the plans for Old Kent Road going forward.