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South Thamesmead hosts the original new town. Almost 50 years on, it's due an upgrade

We're transforming the area from Abbey Wood station to Southmere Lake with more than 1,500 new homes, shops, cafés, restaurants and vibrant outdoor spaces - all on the doorstep of the new Elizabeth line station. 

We’ll be putting the heart back into South Thamesmead with a new village square development and a revitalised Lakeside Centre - together forming a bustling hub for residents and visitors, offering shops, creative spaces and stalls.

And the neighbouring areas are also undergoing a transformation - we’re improving parks, creating brighter walkways and making nicer spaces between homes so residents can feel safer, mix and mingle and get to know each other.


A new village for South Thamesmead

New homes and shops at Southmere Village

Improvement works latest

Thamesmead public spaces

We want to bring the changes you want and need to public spaces in Thamesmead. You can view and comment on our proposals here.

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Improvement works is taking place in South Thamesmead between September and December 2017, including:

  • Demolition of footbridge
  • Demolition of former New Acres Library
  • Closure of Binsey Walk MUGA
  • Further improvements to Harrow Manorway
  • The opening of the new Abbey Wood station

You can read more about the works and other activities by downloading our South Thamesmead resident newsletter September 2017.


The works are part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, one of two Housing Zones being delivered in Thamesmead by Peabody with £47.5m investment from the Greater London Authority. The Housing Zones are led by the London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The London Borough of Bexley is leading the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, public realm improvements along Harrow Manorway and other projects such as improvements to the Ridgeway Path.

Improvements in your area

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Plans for Wolvercote Road


Southmere: investing in homes and public spaces


Parkview: investing in homes and public spaces


Abbey Wood station and Harrow Manorway

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New neighbourhood

Over 1,500 new homes


Improving existing homes

Refurbishing tower blocks


Shops and amenities

New high street along Harrow Manorway

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Supporting communities

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Public spaces

Investing in the spaces between homes

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New library

London Borough of Bexley library at Southmere Village