The Ladywell Playtower Restoration Project, Lewisham

London Borough of Lewisham
Our Role
Project website
‘Cornerstone provided invaluable management and expertise across the Ladywell Playtower project. They delivered clarity, insight and direction in helping Lewisham Council develop a robust process for the successful appointment of a restoration partner, acting professionally and diligently throughout’


The Ladywell Playtower in Ladywell, Lewisham is a Grade II listed Victorian Bath House completed in 1884 and was one of the first examples of public swimming pools in the country. It was closed in 2004 and sustained fire damage in 2006, falling into disrepair which resulted in its placement on Historic England’s at risk register. In 2012 the damaged roof structure was renewed and the decay through water ingress halted, but there was a real need to address the situation more permanently.

Cornerstone was appointed as advisors to the London Borough of Lewisham in November 2016 to work with the Council on the Ladywell Playtower Restoration Project.  The Council needed to find a viable solution for the site which would provide a community focus and restore the buildings.  Cornerstone advised on the Expression of Interest and a wide range of developers, investors, occupiers and consortia were invited to bid the project.  There was a significant public consultation process which reflected the importance of this building locally.  Cornerstone then managed the procurement process through to the selection of a partner to undertake the revival and restoration.  Guildmore were appointed as the preferred partner in November 2017.  More information on the site can be found at