I find it a little strange you have chosen a park to develop, even as a hypothetical scheme.
There are still many derelict / brownfield sites in the area, or under-used sites (garages between council blocks for example) that have potential, but there is actually relatively little open 'green' space.
The things that are woefully missing in the area are:
a 'normal' quality supermarket like Tesco Metro or Sainsbury's Local
a cinema - an art house style with a bar like the Ritzy in Brixton
a nice bar where you can get a bite to eat - e.g like All Bar One for e.g.
a nice place to have a cup of coffee and a pastry - even Starbucks would be a start!
If you compare London with a city like Barcelona, one striking difference is that in Spain, housing and offices always have some form of commercial operation at street level - a bar,a shop, a chemists etc.
I firmly believe this is one of the 'intangible' elements that make it such a popular city with open-minded Londoners.
i know that the brief may seem a little odd, transforming a park space in to a building and i too agree that something like a brown-field or infill site would have been perhaps more intresting.
the brief was proposed by the university and is actually for a "workplace", this i think is one thing bermondsey street does not need many(if any) more of, having seen some of the "live/work" units being developed in the area.
i do feel that this particular "green" corner provides relief from the street hugging facade of the rest of bermondsey street.
Thank you again for you comments
I look forward to hearing others
Great points made here, especially the Picture House suggestion.
Proposed developement of 100- 140 Union Street for 20+ story residential with ground floor retail plus 6 story office and 30+ parking spots - might mean a 'local' supermart in the ground floor.
Has anyone seen this proposal, anyone have views - in many ways great to have a local supermarket if that's what's going there - but I'm not sure about 20+ tower and increased traffic down Union Street.
I have seen the plans for this. I think the council will like it as (if I recall correctly) it has a big chunk o' affordable housing. I personally don't like it - the previous comments about Barcelona ring true here - it is well out of scale with the rest of the street and will stand out like a sore thumb.
Even New York (much liked by ken) famed for its skyscrapers, is in the vast majority, 4-8 story with plenty of street level stuff (as barcelona).
Without being a clairvoyant I know what the developers will have in mind here - xx apartments with a restaurant at ground floor (possibly a Starbucks too)... (groan).