Future Development – Oval Gas Works
The Oval Gas Works sit behind the famous Oval cricket ground in Lambeth. They were decommissioned in 2014 when they became surplus to modern requirements. In 2015, Berkeley started a two year masterplan exercise with Lambeth Council for the wider Oval and Kennington Development Area. The masterplan sets out how the public benefits of creating over 1,250 homes, 1,600 jobs and significant public realm outweigh the designation of the site as a Key Industrial Business Area.
A planning application for the site was submitted in 2017 for a mixed use, residential-led development of 659 homes, alongside nearly 1.65 acres of new public space and commercial space which can support up to 1,000 jobs. Nearly 200 of the homes will be built within the Grade II gas holder directly behind the cricket ground. The rest will be divided between three different plots. A key part of the site will be ‘The Generator’ – a flexible co-working space for SMEs, including an integrated multi use community space.
There will be a series of tree-lined green routes, with active commercial and residential character, which lead through to the centre of the development where there are two distinct new public spaces -The Lime Grove and Gasholder Place. There will be through routes and cycle paths, opening up the site which has been inaccessible to the local neighbourhood for the last 150 years.
Subject to planning the development will include:
- Around 700 new homes
- Commercial space which will support up to 1,000 jobs
- ‘The Generator,’ a flexible co-working space for SMEs
- Upcycling facility
- Community uses, including
- provision for a new on site dentist practice
- Nearly 1.65 acres of new public space