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Revitalising The Blue
A community campaign led by Blue Bermondsey BID with local charity Big Local Works and Community Opportunity was successful in securing the £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 appointed to design the improvements, after their tender proposal entitled ‘Made In Bermondsey’ won the contract to design the improvements.
The project has the long-term aims to help transform the Blue into a thriving area, once more recognised and celebrated as Bermondsey’s historic town centre.
Additionally the project will aim to build upon The Blue’s manufacturing heritage and embrace the emerging range of local 21st century food production businesses, centred around a thriving and authentic local market hosting the cream of new makers, regular cultural events alongside a thriving High St and booming local business community.
Contractors Now On Site
Warwick Landscaping, The contractors chosen to carry out the regeneration works, are now on site in Market Place. The improvements will be wide ranging and innovative.
Please click the arrows below to see an overview of the project, the designs, and how they were developed.
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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”.
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
Redrafted application submitted to GLA
Funding application successful
GLA site visit / tour of the Blue
Steering group formed
Project governance structure agreed
Shortlist of ten architects drawn up
Architects site visit / tour of the blue
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
Planning consent given, contractors appointed
The regeneration works begin