Some of the shops and properties at the Rushey Green end of Brownhill Road have received a makeover. I wonder if it has anything to do with the abandoned plans to reroute the South Circular.

Whatever the reason, Transport for London finally managed to do something with 10-12 Brownhill Road. The buildings were up for auction last year and listed on Rightmove as two freehold semi-detached buildings, that were squatted.  Well they obviously solved their squatter problem as fast forward a year and the old 1 O (one O) night club has been transformed into this:

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I think it brightens up the corner. What do you think?

Before: 10-12 Brownhill Road Credit: Rightmove
Before: 10-12 Brownhill Road
Credit: Rightmove

The building at the back is still in a state and when I passed by there didn’t seem to be any work going on but  that could all change though.

Further down and across the road, the old Kwik Fit garage has been transformed into a furniture store with flats above. old-kwik-fit-catford

Meanwhile…

Back up the road at 16 – 20 Brownhill Road nothing seems to be happening. The building previously belonged to Bromley and Crays Co-Operative Society. I remember it being used as a night club back in the 70s. Not sure how long that went on for.

Transport for London put it up for auction last year on Rightmove and now Acorn has it listed for rental at £90,000 per annum.
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It’s a lovely old building. It would be nice to see it restored. It’s on the Local List for local  architectural and local historic interest so hopefully it can’t be turned into anything too ugly.
Local list details:

This is an attractive former Bromley and Cr ays Co-Operative Society building that sits Not in a Conservation Area on the corner of Brownhill Road and Plassy Road in Catford. It was built in 1911 and designed by F.G. Crickett. It is a two storey building with a shop frontage primarily to the Brownhill Road elevation. It is pebbledashed to the first floor with fine brick and stone detailing to the windows and decorative parapet. There is also a distinctive turret with weathervane. The name of the Co-op changed in 1922 to the South Suburban Co-operative Society Ltd and part of a glass etched fascia signage can still be seen behind later plywood addition.

 Whilst I’m wondering down memory lane, Ideal Homes has a piece on Brownhill Road.

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Simon B
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Has the plan to move the south circular been abandoned for good now? I was hoping that TFL would come back with a new proposal but absolutely no news from them in almost a year now so not looking good.

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