Ladywell Playtower Restoration Project

Our client had a clear vision to revive and restore the Ladywell Playtower, a building of significant architectural and historical value.


London Borough of Lewisham


Regeneration, Community Assets, Placemaking, Commercial Advisory, Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement

Date of completion



The Playtower is a Grade II listed Victorian Bath House completed in 1884. The large two storey Gothic structure is one of the first examples of public swimming pools in the country.  Since its closure in 2004 and damage sustained by an extensive fire in 2006 the building had fallen into disrepair, resulting 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.

What we did

Through imaginative and sensitive reuse, the restoration project aimed to add to the growing social and economic vibrancy of Ladywell in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Cornerstone Assets worked with the Council to find a viable solution for the site which would provide a community focus and restore the buildings.  A wide range of developers, investors, occupiers and consortia competed to carry out the project.  There was a significant public consultation process which reflected the importance of this building locally.  Cornerstone Assets then managed the procurement process through to the selection of a preferred partner to undertake the revival and restoration.

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Our impact

“Cornerstone Assets 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”.

Primary contact

Harry Scarff
T. 0207 871 5312

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