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A Walk Around New Bermondsey – 8th February 2022

I took these pictures as I walked around Millwall’s Football Ground to the site of New Bermondsey and then on to South Bermondsey station to get the train to London Bridge.

These are my thoughts.

New Bermondsey Development

In Housing Development Next To Planned Overground Station Gets Approved, I used this description of the development from this article on Ian Visits.

The development, New Bermondsey, will see a cluster of residential towers built around the Millwall football ground on former light industrial sites, and will provide some 3,500 homes, a new sports facility, auditorium with 800 seats, and it’s said some 1,250 jobs. The towers vary in height across the site from 13 – 44 storeys; most towers are around 29/30 storeys.

Ian’s article also shows a visualisation with nineteen towers and some shorter blocks.

The development has a web site, which has a video on the home page.

Car Parking

I have gone through the New Bermondsey web site and the only mentions of parking are in these two statements, which describe the basement.

  • Allocation for move in and out bays for vans.
  • Secure residents’ cycle parking.

Does this mean that no car parking spaces are provided?

This article on LondonReconnections is entitled Canal Knowledge: The Fall and Rise of Surrey Canal Road Station.

One of the comments says this about parking around the station.

The permission for this development includes zero car parking provision, and a restriction preventing the granting of street parking permits. Such a restriction has been common in the “skyscraper zone” of the Isle of Dogs for many years but I suspect is a fairly novel stipulation in other boroughs.

It does appear that those living in the New Bermondsey development will have to live car-free.

New Bermondsey Station

New Bermondsey station appears to be an empty concrete shell, that just needs fitting out with stairs and/or lifts, entrances/exits, ticketing and platforms alongside the line.

  • The London Overground started running in December 2012 over the bridge.
  • Wikipedia says it will be an accessible station.
  • It probably needs to be an accessible station, if no car parking is provided in the development.
  • The article on LondonReconnections confirms that lifts will be fitted from opening date.
  • There are hints on the Internet, that the station will open before substantial development happens in the area.

I would hope that the station wouldn’t take too long to finish.

South Bermondsey Station

South Bermondsey Station is at the other end of the development and it is a station that needs improvement.

  • I used it today and there are lots of stairs to the platforms.
  • As with New Bermondsey station, it needs to be made step-free.
  • It is also a cold, draughty station and needs a few shelters.

But it could be made into a much better station to serve Millwall Football Club.

Millwall Football Club

Millwall Football Club appear to have plans for the future and the New Bermondsey development will probably make access to the ground more difficult.

But it will have two stations close by, instead of one.

Traffic

There were roadworks in the area and that partly explains the crowded roads.

But will the road network be able to cope with construction traffic generated by the development?

At least the residents won’t have any cars of their own.

Conclusion

I hope this development works as it will create 3,500 much-needed homes, but will the absence of car parking in the development mean that many won’t want to move there?

February 8, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , | 3 Comments

Dogger Bank C In UK Offshore Wind First To Provide Reactive Power Capability

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from the Dogger Bank wind farm.

This paragraph gives an explanation.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has secured a UK power first by becoming the first offshore wind farm project to win a tender from National Grid ESO to provide reactive power capability. The sector-first contract will help deliver a greener grid, maintain a stable voltage power supply, and help drive down UK consumer costs by millions of pounds.

Note that the three Dogger Bank wind farms; A, B and C will each have a capacity of 1.2 GW and that Hartlepool nuclear power station has a capacity of 1.32 GW. The latter is due to be decommissioned in 2024.

So the wind farms will effectively replace the nuclear power station.

This paragraph describes the contract.

Under new £22.5m Pennines Voltage Pathfinder contracts announced today, National Grid ESO has awarded a 10-year power contract to Dogger Bank C that will see its onshore converter station at Lazenby in the North-East of England provide 200 MVAr* of reactive power capability between 2024 and 2034. This marks the first time that an offshore wind transmission asset has been awarded a contract through a reactive power tender by National Grid ESO.

I suspect that there will need to be some form of energy storage added to the system somewhere, either at Lazenby or could we see a system like one of Highview Power’s CRYOBattery installed offshore?

It should be noted that CRYOBatteries are no more complicated, than some of the equipment installed on offshore gas and oil platforms.

The Lackenby Substation

It does seem that there has been a mix-up between the two nearby villages of Lazenby and Lackenby.

I can’t find a Lazenby substation, but I can find one at Lackenby.

This Google Map shows that the location of the Lackenby substation.

This second map shows the substation in more detail.

Note.

  1. There are a lot of large chemical works on both banks of the Tees.
  2. I can find nothing on the route of the cable from Dogger Bank C to Lackenby substation.
  3. Perhaps, it’s planned to go up the River Tees or it could come ashore South of the mouth of the River Tees.

Plans must be published soon, so that the substation can be updated before the wind farm is commissioned.

February 8, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , | 26 Comments

Housing Development Next To Planned Overground Station Gets Approved

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on IanVisits.

This paragraph describes the development.

The development, New Bermondsey, will see a cluster of residential towers built around the Millwall football ground on former light industrial sites, and will provide some 3,500 homes, a new sports facility, auditorium with 800 seats, and it’s said some 1,250 jobs. The towers vary in height across the site from 13 – 44 storeys; most towers are around 29/30 storeys.

The Overground station is New Bermondsey station, which was originally to be called Surrey Canal Road station.

This Google Map shows the area.

Note.

  1. The railway going down the East side of the map in the South London Line of the London Overground.
  2. The railway going round the West side of the map is the National Rail line going through South Bermondsey station to London Bridge.
  3. The two lines meet at Queens Road Peckham station to the South.
  4. Surrey Canal Road runs East-West across the map to the South of The Den.
  5. New Bermondsey station will be where Surrey Canal Road crosses under the London Overground.
  6. Most of the new housing will be clustered along this road and around the football ground.

The development will be convenient for Millwall supporters.

February 8, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment