Former J Mills and Sons bottling plant near Old Kent Road ASDA saved from potential demolition

Katherine Johnston (23 August, 2019) Regeneration

New owners Fabrix Capital plan to refurbish the building into office and creative space

3168912 Ossory Road (c) Google Street view

The historic J Mills and Sons bottling plant off Old Kent Road has been given protected status to save it from potential demolition.

Twelve Ossory Road near Asda was added to the Glengall Road Conservation Area by Southwark Council in recognition of its importance to Southwark’s industrial heritage.

The former site of J Mills & Sons, who produced stoneware and glass bottles for ginger beer, operated as a bottling factory for nearly a century.

In more recent times it has housed Christ Embassy Church. Current owners Fabrix Capital plan to refurbish the building into office and creative space.

Made from London yellow stock brick, the structure retains some original features including chimneys and timber hoist doors, and dates back to 1895.

The move to protect the building was praised by heritage campaigner Eileen Conn, from Peckham Vision, who said the building was “a significant example of the relationship between residential streets and industrial development in the nineteenth century.

“Buildings from our history are vulnerable all over the borough which is why it is important to get them all identified by local people for the new Heritage Local List the Council has now agreed to create.”

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