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The Doon Street site [adjacent to the National Theatre] has remained largely derelict for over 50 years. Now a partnership between Coin Street Community Builders, Greenwich Leisure and Rambert Dance Company is plannng a mixed development which will transform the public realm and secure and sustain community facilities and programmes on a long term basis. The site is currently used for temporary car parking.
In addition to our general social, environmental and economic objectives, CSCB has agreed specific objectives for the Doon Street site - Read the objectives.
CSCB's proposals have evolved and have been refined over many years. They are based on needs and aspirations expressed in public meetings, surveys and consultations and are strongly supported by planning policies at national, regional and borough levels. The proposals seek to secure and sustain community facilities and programmes on a long term basis utilising social enterprise principles. They have been informed by careful study of the history and environment of the wider South Bank and they have been prepared using the skills of leading designers working to a brief prepared by those who will have long-term responsibility for managing and maintaining the facilities: CSCB, Greenwich Leisure and Rambert Dance Company.
PA1: incorporating a public swimming and indoor leisure centre, ground floor retail, and flats for sale, received planning consent in 2008 but was subject to challenge in the High Court and Court of Appeal. In January 2011 the Supreme Court confirmed that it would not consider any further challenge. CSCB has reviewed the detailed design and applied for consent to make minor variations to the approved scheme. These do not affect the exterior appearance of the building but seek to create a more efficient internal design and a more balanced mix of flat sizes. Implementation is likely to commence in 2012.
PA2: incorporating 3 dance studios and Rambert Dance Company’s archive and headquarters, will start on site late August 2011. Completion is scheduled for summer 2013. CSCB and Rambert have agreed a significant ongoing community engagement programme including a range of dance classes, workshops, and tickets to Rambert’s regular performances at Sadler’s Wells.
PA3: includes an education/office building, ground floor public uses, a new town square and a pedestrian bridge and lifts connecting the town square to Waterloo Bridge. A significant part of the site is required to facilitate the building of the Rambert building and implementation of this scheme is unlikely to start until the Rambert development has been completed.