Levelling Up Fund
Lewisham Council has secured over £19m to revitalise Lewisham Town Centre, after successfully bidding for money from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. The funding will be used for improvements to the town centre, combined with £5m of additional match funding from the Council.
Lewisham’s historic market will be transformed to support local traders, encourage visitors and create a welcoming space for the community to enjoy. Traders and shoppers will benefit from a new market layout with improved stalls and a permanent canopy over the market, providing space for more traders and creating opportunities for events, pop-up stalls and an evening market.
Funding will also be used to improve the area around the market with new lighting, better pavements, more trees and planting and a refurbishment of the iconic Grade II listed Clock Tower.
Lewisham Library will be renovated to create a new cultural and business hub and safeguard the future of this vital local service. These renovations will include the provision of a new community space, a new business hub in the library will also offer flexible office space, meeting rooms and workspaces, with a new café and rooftop bar improving the library’s hospitality offer and providing more spaces for local residents to enjoy.
The funding will also be used to make the high street greener, safer and better connected, with new access routes through the town centre, more pedestrian crossings, improved cycle infrastructure and new lighting and CCTV. These improvements will ensure the high street, market, library, shopping centre and key transport hubs are better linked, creating a more pleasant environment for residents and boosting footfall for local businesses. New trees, green pocket spaces and more electric vehicle charging points will also help improve air quality in the town centre and support the Council’s overarching mission to make Lewisham a net-zero borough by 2030.
You can read the full Levelling Up Fund bid here.