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Southmere Towers, Southmere Lake, Southmere, Thamesmead, London: the tower blocks overlooking the lake with a swan in the foreground.

RIBA Ref No RIBA113788
Architect/DesignerGreater London Council. Department of Architecture & Civic Design
Artist/PhotographerHope-Fitch, Christopher
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1970
Image Date2017
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceHope-Fitch _DCS1131
Colour InfoColour
CreditChristopher Hope-Fitch / RIBA Collections
SubjectAnimals ; Lakes ; New towns ; Concrete ; Housing ; Riverside buildings ; Reflections ; Skyscrapers ; Thamesmead
NOTES: Thamesmead was planned in 1965-1966 as a new town on the riverside marshes of south-east London between Plumstead and Erith. It was scheduled for completion in 1974 but was never fully finished and the projected population of 60,000 for the new town was downgraded to 45,000 by the end of the 1970s. From then around 400 houses were being built annually and by 1982, the population stood at 20,000. Since 2014 the managment and regeneration of the area has come under the aegis of Peabody.

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