Revitalising The Blue

THE NEW BLUE MARKET AT NIGHT

A community campaign led by Blue Bermondsey BID was successful in securing £2m capital funding from the Mayor of London’s LEAP Good Growth Fund, supported by Southwark Council.

Locally based Turner prize winning collective, Assemble + Hayatsu Architects were chosen to undertake the design work with their impressive tender proposal entitled ‘Made In Bermondsey’. The initial designs were refined and further developed in collaboration with the local community through intense consultation during 2019/ 2020.

The regeneration of Market Place formed the centre piece of the improvements to create a first class flexible public space at the heart of the Blue, Bermondsey’s historic town centre.  Warwick Landscaping were appointed to undertake the building works works, which began in January 2021 with majority of the improvements to Market Place completed in July 2021.

Project Overview

The wider aims of the Made In Bermondsey project are to create better connections and awareness of the Blue. This will bring more footfall and prosperity centred around a attractive and authentic local market hosting a diverse range of stalls, regular cultural events, alongside a thriving High St and booming local business community.

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1. Introduction
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2. Consultation
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3. Design
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4. Design Features
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5. Village Green
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6. Further Improvements
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7. Connecting The Blue
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The Design Team

Hayatsu Architects are acting as lead consultant for a multi-disciplinary team comprising Turner Prize-winning art and architecture collective Assemble, graphic designer StinsenSqueeze, landscape architects Jonathan Cook, high street retail specialist Retail Revival, lighting designer Studio Dekka, structural engineer Price & Myers and quantity surveyor Gleeds.

Director Takeshi Hayatsu: “Our proposal is a series of careful adjustments to the existing urban fabric, creating new cut through routes and removing barriers to make a better connection to the market place from surrounding areas. By strategically locating new way-finding signage and community murals along the way from various key local businesses such as the food production facilities under the railway arches and a workspace complex the Biscuit Factory, the project aims to increase the footfall to the market and stitch the site into the wider network of existing and future developments.

The market place will be overhauled as a rediscovered town centre, by improving the infrastructure for electrics and storage provisions, and making visible existing civic assets such as local library and TRA hall. A new Village Green area is proposed to enhance the greenery of the market place where people can sit and relax or hold special events organised by the community to celebrate the local spirit. 

Being located only five minute away from the market place, the design team harnesses the spirit of local production by actively involving the community and manufacturers in the making of the place. Bermondsey lions drawn by market visitors form a new graphic identity and hand embossed tin cladding tiles form a new material language for a market cross structure, creating focal point in the square, embodying the pride of community and marking a visible identity for the Blue”.    

Project Timeline

June 2017 – July 2018

Blue market vision and strategy project by Blue Bermondsey BID and Southwark Council.

Initial expression of preliminary interest submitted to GLA – Development of application and supporting information

January – February 2018

Draft list of ‘shopping’ items drawn up for potential funding

Draft regeneration strategy and theory of change produced

Draft application produced by all partners and stakeholders

June – July 2018

Final regeneration strategy theory of change and application

Southwark Council agree to support application

GLA contacted and support application

Expression of interest submitted to GLA

Initial meeting with GLA to get feedback on application

Final application submitted

Application gets provisional approval subject to GLA recommendations

August – September 2018

Blue market vision and strategy project report produced

Application redrafted based on GLA feedback

October 2018

Redrafted application submitted to GLA

December 2018

Funding application successful

January 2019

GLA site visit / tour of the Blue

March 2019

Steering group formed

Project governance structure agreed

Shortlist of ten architects drawn up

April 2019

Project begins

Architects site visit / tour of the blue

Architects interviews

May 2019

Appointment of Hayatsu Architects and Assemble

Initial scoping of area by architects

June – July 2019

Draft designs and development phase

July – August 2019

Ongoing consultation with partner groups

September – October 2019

Initial designs concepts presented to steering group

Public consultation period

November – December  2019

Consultation input collated and considered

January – October 2020

Designs submitted, planning consent sought

December 2020

Planning consent given, contractors appointed

January 2021

The regeneration works begin

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