Future looks bright for popular Grade II listed town centre pub with new investment scheme approved
Published: Friday, March 13, 2020
Investment in Wandsworth town centre has been given another boost with plans approved that will help safeguard the future of a landmark historic pub.
Wandsworth Council’s planning committee has approved proposals to create a 21 bedroom boutique hotel on the upper floors of the historic Spread Eagle public house in Wandsworth High Street.
The extra income this generates will be used to help pay for the upkeep of the Grade II Listed pub and help safeguard its unique character features.
The plans also call for the construction of a new headquarters office for Young’s along with a training base for young chefs and kitchen staff who would be employed in the company’s pubs.
The development site includes three existing buildings and a car park at the rear of the Spread Eagle. These include two neighbouring properties in Wandsworth High Street and one fronting Garratt Lane on the other side of the existing HSBC bank branch, which does not form part of these plans.
The proposals are just the latest vote of confidence in the vitality of Wandsworth town centre by investors.
Other landmark regeneration schemes in the town centre include the Wandsworth Business Village, the Ram Brewery site, Lyon House and The Filaments in Buckhold Road.
Work is also nearing completion on the redevelopment of two former council office blocks fronting Garrett Lane and Wandsworth High Street along with another formerly owned by South Thames College, which will provide 200 new homes, a brand new and improved public library, better teaching facilities at the college, new shops and a revamped town centre green space.
Fifty of these new homes will be affordable and will be offered to Wandsworth residents on lower incomes to rent or buy at a discounted price.
Another key element of the scheme is making better public use of the Old Burial Ground in Garratt Lane, which is an important but underused town centre green space. New pedestrian links will be opened up providing a direct route into the High Street. It will also have additional seating and new public art installed.
A state-of-the-art library will also form part of this route, opening up onto a newly created public square, directly adjacent to the burial ground, offering seating and play space for younger children.
And another major boost in the town centre’s fortunes will come from the long-awaited redesign of the Wandsworth one-way system.
Transport for London is drawing up these proposals to remove through traffic from the high street and create better space for pedestrians and cyclists. The council has pledged more than £27m towards the long overdue delivery of this major traffic reduction scheme
Council Leader Ravi Govindia said; “This is another regeneration scheme that signals real confidence in the ongoing vitality and economic fortunes of Wandsworth town centre.
“I’m delighted that the plans will help safeguard the future of one of Wandsworth’s most historic and iconic pubs. The Spread Eagle is a real local landmark and a gem in the town centre’s crown.
“Taking all these regeneration schemes together, they represent one of the biggest urban renewal projects in London with well over £1bn of new investment flowing into the town centre. Hundreds of new jobs and homes are being created here alongside major improvements to the local environment.”