The Biscuit Factory

by Anood Al-Samerai on 5 January, 2011

with Jonathan Shelton and Chris Horn
Today I visited the Tower Bridge Business Complex, which most people in Bermondsey know as the Peek Frearns Biscuit Factory. The site is owned by Workspace plc and covers just over 11 acres. There are a huge variety of creative, music and media businesses employing hundreds of people. It was fantastic to see the investment which has gone into the different blocks over the past few years and some of the ideas for the future.

I am delighted that the plans to use one of the railway arches as a direct route to the Blue are moving forward as this is something which local Liberal Democrat councillors have been suggesting for many years. This will mean that employees on the site can access the shops and services in the Blue and will be a big step forward in regenerating the area. 

I was also really interested to hear about the changes in the types of employment on the site and how the future there might look with mixed developments and opening up the area to local residents and pedestrians. We talked about how employers could work with nearby Southwark College to support apprenticeships and training. This site has a great history of creating employment in Bermondsey. Listening to local residents, I know how important local jobs are in Southwark and I was delighted to see the progress which the old Biscuit Factory is making.

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