Wandsworth Council is about to begin laying a new pavement along the western side of Garratt Lane, which runs next to the new Southside development.
The improvements to the footway will run between the access road into the Arndale Estate and Mapleton Crescent – improving access for visitors to the popular centre. The work will start this month and is expected to be completed in March – with pedestrian access being maintained at all times.
The work coincides with Southside’s £40m phase of redevelopment opposite Sainsbury’s, which is due to be handed over for fitting out shortly. Two new restaurants – Rossopomodoro and Wagamama – are due to open there in April 2013 and negotiations are going forward with potential new stores.
The next phase of the redevelopment will include the demolition of Arndale House and Arndale Walk commencing late 2013. It will comprise 100,000 sq ft of new retail space and Debenhams will occupy the majority of this with a new department store over three floors.
It will have entrances on Garratt Lane and from the North Mall inside the centre – and will open in 2015. There will be five other retail units and a larger leisure unit on the second floor. The existing building frontages at the junction of Garratt Lane and Wandsworth High Street will also be enhanced.
At the same time the council is working to ensure the ongoing £1bn regeneration of Wandsworth Town includes a reconfiguration of the one-way system.
The authority believes that switching part of the gyratory back to two-way working would relieve pressure on the high street and help it flourish.