Parents of students who attend All Saint Primary School in Blackheath are concerned about the plan to demolish and restore nearby Sergison Cottage, which is behind a quarry wall adjacent to the playground.
Last April Lewisham council granted planning permission for the property, which will include a basement for a swimming pool, cinema, gym, and room for games. The primary condition was that the basement digging could only take place during the school holidays.
The construction plan that Sketch London Architects recently submitted to the council are now the subject of a consultation. A request has been made for excavation work to be done during the school term outside of a three-metre area from the wall.
Parents are concerned that the wall, formerly part of a quarry behind the school in Blackheath Vale, has structural issues. The school’s closest point to the wall is a mere four feet away, causing many parents to petition the council to restrict all building activities to the holidays.
One mother said that the construction plan was inappropriate for the site in question. She pointed out that in London, basement digging was already causing problems for people, and insisted that no work should be done while the children were in school.
Another woman said that the quarry wall surrounding the school had serious structural issues in the past: two years ago it had to be evacuated for important underpinning work to be completed. She argued that children should not be subjected to the large quantities of noise, dust and vibration that the work will create.