“I’m also delighted to meet all of our new tenants again today. Our focus - putting local and independent businesses at the heart of the commercial element of the scheme has produced this distinctive place that supports local small business and the community”
Councillor Alan Smith of Lewisham Council, said: “The creation of Deptford Market Yard has been collaborative work between Lewisham and U+I; a developer who understands community and regeneration. Together, we have created a new commercial and residential heart in Deptford.”
Jessica Childs of Childsdraw, one of the arches tenants, said: "Today’s event means so much to those of us that have been on the journey with U+I and Lewisham Council to create something special here at Deptford. As a business, it’s great to be part of the new Deptford Market Yard alongside other independent businesses and as a local person, I’m thrilled to see the fresh new space for Deptford residents and visitors.”
The line-up of independent businesses open at Deptford Market Yard includes: boutique homeware shop Win & Ruby; ethical hair salon The Box; Little Nan’s, which serves up its signature cocktails in teapots; Childsdraw run by local artist Jessica Childs, whose illustrations are inspired by the local area; Gita’s Portal and Be London offering their own unique, handmade, fashion items made with African prints; not forgetting Circus Fit, a fun fusion of circus aerial skills with fitness. Just to name a few.
These tenants all sit alongside a serious street food roster which includes Mama’s Jerk, Frankie Goes to Bollywood and The Cheese Truck.
Deptford Market Yard will be home to a regular weekend market and further retail spaces will be announced at a later date, including 2 new restaurants and 7 commercial units. At the heart of the scheme is The Tinderbox, a colourful, new eight storey apartment building which will house some of the project’s 132 new homes.
The original scheme put forward to planning was designed by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners.
For more information, please visit www.deptfordmarketyard.com or follow @DeptfordMktYard on Twitter/Instagram.
Notes to editors
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