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Rothsay Street Jam Factory

Rothsay Street

In 1900 the firm Hartley opened a jam factory in Rothsay Street, Bermondsey, south-east London and employed over 2,000 people. Bermondsey has experienced major industrial change and the site was closed and derelict for a number of years.

In 1999 Angel Property applied for consent to renovate three buildings of the old Hartleys Jam Factory (blocks A, B and C) and build two others (blocks D and E). Planning permission for the redevelopment included a number of payments by the developer to deliver section 106 regeneration projects.

In October 2009, Planning Committee authorised the release of funds totalling £198,978 associated with the development on Rothsay Street as contributions to the cost of delivering two regeneration projects associated with the site, including environmental improvements and employment and training initiatives

  • improvements to Rothsay Street adjacent to the development site £183,299
  • local training and skills initiatives contribution £15,679

Rothsay Street project

The section 106 agreement for the Jam Factory on Rothsay Street provides £183,299 and has delivered transport and public realm improvements adjacent to the site.

A brief was developed with the Jam Factory, Haddon Hall estate and Meakin estate residents to develop a detailed design for the implementation of a public realm improvement project along Rothsay Street and improve pedestrian access to London Bridge.

The project also received funding from Southwark Council's Cleaner greener safer fund.


Please download the design plan. The plan has been developed in response to discussions with residents and interested parties. Key features of the design option include

  • widening footpaths to improve pedestrian access
  • create buildouts and tree planting to green the street, improve pedestrian access and enhance the streetscape character
  • create a chicane to slow traffic and create a southern entrance to the residential area
  • distinguish parking bays at Haddon Hall to help parking management
  • greening of the pedestrian access to Weston Street and re-levelling the footpath
  • rationalising and de-cluttering street furniture and railings
  • improving lighting for safety

Initial comments

On 17 March an open meeting was held for local residents in the Decima residents hall to present and discuss the design option. Consultation responses were also taken for a two week period until 29 March 2010.

People were generally in support of the scheme but raised the following items for further consideration in the final design

  • additional planting on Meakin Estate to compliment the birches in the Jam Factory garden
  • motorbike parking and loading bays
  • bollards at the pedestrian access on Weston Street
  • insuring access for all with the buildouts
  • revisiting the tree pit detail
  • solving waste provision for Haddon Hall residents
  • lighting
  • signage to encourage pedestrian use

What are the issues?

The footpaths and road is currently in a poor state of repair and is poorly connected to the surrounding area and transport links. This project seeks to improve the public realm along Rothsay Street and improve the safety of access for local residents and businesses. We also want to create stronger links between the new development and the surrounding estates and encourage pedestrian use of the route up to London Bridge. There is a great opportunity to green the streetscape as well.

Read the comments local people made about the street and what they wanted to see happen in the meeting minutes from the first open community meeting in January 2010.

The history

Rothsay Street is a historic part of Southwark and the road which used to connect directly to Weston Street and London Bridge was once lined with breweries, tanneries and other industrial buildings. Maps clearly show the historic layout of the area in 1896 and 1952.

Post completion employment contribution

The project funded through this agreement will support residents to overcome barriers to employment and support their transition to employment in accordance with Southwark's employment strategy. The project to be funded will be contracted by the economic development team in accordance with council contract standing orders. Beneficiaries of the project will be resident within Southwark.

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