Assemble + Hayatsu Architects, 2021
Big Local Works, 4 Market Place, SE16 3UQ
Following three years of research and development, the ‘Made in Bermondsey’ people powered regeneration project was created and driven by passionate local community partners who truly care about the place where they live or their business. This project is supported by the Mayor of London.
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The Blue Market is a 10 minute walk from South Bermondsey railway station, or a 10 minute walk from Bermondsey tube station on the Jubilee Line. There is a Santander Bicycle docking station located in Southwark Park Road, opposite the Blue Market.
Big Local Works is located on the ground floor with disability ramp
The Blue Market and High St has a history going back well over 150 years and is Bermondsey’s historic town centre. In its heyday 200 stalls lined Southwark Park Road and the area was thriving due to the close proximity of the Surrey Docks and the surrounding array of warehouses and factories, primarily based on food production. Famous brands such Peek Freans (Biscuits), Shuttleworth’s (Chocolate), Pearce and Duffs (Custard) Sarsons (Vinegar) and countless others provided mass employment and the ‘Blue’ as it is known locally, developed a proud working class heritage and became known as ‘the Larder of London.’
Following the closure of the docks and factories the Blue has undergone decades of industrial, economic, and commercial decline, negatively affecting its community and the market, which at one point had dwindled to a handful of stalls. Change was needed and in 2019 the ‘Made in Bermondsey’ people powered regeneration project was created and driven by several local passionate community partners. Funding was awarded by the GLA to support the partners aspirations with a core focus on improvements to the Market Place, which has transformed into an attractive and unique public space at the heart of the community. As a legacy of the Made in Bermondsey project Southwark Council granted the management of the Blue Market to Big Local Works who are developing a new community led market model with the potential to be the catalyst in beginning to turn the tide of decline in South Bermondsey and become a key driver to bring more prosperity and opportunity to the Blue and its people in the future.
Imagine a history of smells woven through the streets of a bygone industrial Bermondsey. This walk will explore & trace the way food has shaped the architecture of the area known as 'London's Larder’ How do we value our food heritage?
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