Happy New Year!
Further to the successful official opening of the Blue Market by the mayor Of Southwark Cllr Barry Hargrove last July, work has been continuing of the wider elements of the Made In Bermondsey project. Carry on reading to find out more about this fantastic community lead project.
Hannah Orchard Walk
Work is progressing speedily on the new arch and public walkway from the Blue Market into Blue Anchor Lane and is scheduled to be completed in March 2022.
The new route will be named Hannah Orchard Walk in tribute to much loved local Hannah who owned the fruit and veg shop on this site. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Route.
New Pedestrian Crossing
There will be a new pedestrian crossing across the junction of Blue Anchor Lane and St James Road that will connect the Blue to the Low Line. This will also feature new greening and public seating areas. The works are scheduled to begin in the Spring.
New Community Mural
To compliment the mural painted beneath the railway bridge on St James Road at the junction with Clements Road. Following consultation with the community a further second mural designed by acclaimed mural artist Paul Butler, celebrating local history is now planned to be installed on the wall in the Blue car park after the original site in John Bull arch did not prove possible. As soon as the weather turns warm the painting will begin.
New Cinema and Arts Centre
2022 will see the plans for the iconic former Thorowgoods building begin to be developed for it to be converted into an arts complex with cinema screens, event space, workspace and food vendors. The project is being delivered by The Really Local Group who have a fantastic track record in restoring cultural infrastructure to help local regeneration. There will be several workshops throughout the summer to understand what kind of cultural and community activities local people would like to see in the space.