We’re delighted to announce that Deptford Market Yard was awarded Best Heritage Led Project at the London Planning Awards on Monday 27 February 2017. The award, sponsored by Historic England, is in recognition of our mixed-use regeneration project at Deptford which kept Deptford’s heritage at its heart.
Now in its 14th year, the London Planning Awards are organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute. The awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration – and we’re delighted that Deptford Market Yard has been recognised.
The Deptford Market Yard journey began back in 2008 when Lewisham Council and U+I came together to transform the derelict 2-acre site into a new space for Deptford’s community, unlocking the value of the public land and delivering real benefit to the local area.
Commenting on U+I’s approach to bringing the past into the present in the latest issue of Matter, U+I’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard Upton says: “We have noticed time and again that when you look back in history, you find all kinds of things that might be interesting points of reference for your suggestions of change - old churches, breweries, little theatres, alms-houses – places offering a window into what life was like. And glimpsing this locality’s history can provide inspiration for the future potential and connection. It can help us to harness the special and unique qualities of a particular place; the fibres of influence over time which have made an area what it is today, and all it could be.”
Fast forward to Deptford Market Yard’s official opening in November 2016 and the renovated historical railway arches next to Deptford station, which over a hundred years ago stored passengers' carriages and horses, became home to 14 new independent retailers.
During the regeneration project, we worked with the Railway Heritage Trust to restore the Grade II listed carriage ramp on the site, which is the oldest railway structure in London, and which now connects visitors to the high street, train station and market – and we even unveiled a blue plaque at launch to celebrate.
Deptford Market Yard is now a go-to destination for people all over London, building on the already thriving local market and retail scene with a collection of independent shops, restaurants and a new public realm for Deptford. The arches have been bought back to life and are the soul of our scheme.
Deptford Market Yard was among five shortlisted in the category at the London Planning Awards, organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
We’re thrilled with the win! You can find out more about Deptford Market Yard here.