A Masterplan for catford

Masterplanning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments. A masterplan is a non statutory document to guide future growth and development. It includes analysis, recommendations and proposals for an area’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities and land use. It is based on public input, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics and social and economic conditions.

The plan will be both aspirational and deliverable, commercially based, and informed by a thorough understanding of the retail, residential and leisure market in Catford town centre.

In March, Lewisham Council launched the tender process to find the very best architects to draw up the masterplan for Catford town centre and in July Studio Egret West with Carl Turner Architects, Civic Engineers and Greengage were commissioned to lead the major initiative.

A significant aspiration of the project will be to transform the south circular as well as the interchange of Catford and Catford Bridge stations to release higher quality public realm and a more welcoming town centre environment. 

Redevelopment proposals for numerous sites including Laurence House, the Old Town Hall, the Catford Shopping Centre and Milford Towers, will be explored to provide new town centre leisure, culture, retail and community uses as well as workspace and homes. 

Together with Team Catford, Carl Turner Architects and a consultant team, they will work with the community to produce an outcome that is representative of what Catford deserves and celebrates its unique character.


In autumn 2018, the draft masterplan will be prepared – a blueprint to guide development in Catford town centre over the next 10-15 years. The draft masterplan will be shared with the community and we’ll be asking important questions such as where new shops, homes, workspace, the library and the Council offices should be located as well as what the new public space should look like.

Community feedback will help shape this masterplan and once it has been approved by the Council, this important document will guide development in Catford town centre over the next 10-15 years.