St. Modwen’s proposed redevelopment of Leegate Shopping Centre in Lewisham has taken a major step forward with Asda signing up to take the anchor store.

The 68,000 sq ft supermarket will increase choice in a location under-served by food stores and will create up to 350 new jobs.   It is a core element of wider plans by the leading regeneration specialist to create a sustainable future for the centre and ensure it better serves the everyday needs of the local community.

Proposals for the new Asda include a 320-space car park and a re-landscaped public square as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the 3.5-acre Leegate site.  The supermarket’s design will ensure it does not visually dominate the centre with the main street facing elevations given over to smaller shops and businesses.

The wider proposals include new private and affordable housing, potentially replacing local landmark Leegate House.

Killian Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “The retail landscape has changed radically since the Leegate Centre was built in the 1960s and it’s clear a comprehensive redevelopment is required to secure its long term future. 

“Asda will increase the choice and value of food shopping locally which, complemented by an enhanced range of smaller shops, cafés and services, will cater to the community’s everyday needs.

“The development will give the area’s economy a much-needed boost whilst increasing local housing supply.”

A public consultation is due to take place in early summer when St. Modwen will announce further details of its proposals for the wider Leegate site.