Ash Sakula has helped create a new market square in the heart of Deptford. The site, formerly a derelict goods yard, is hard by Deptford railway station and used to block links between the station, Deptford High Street and the market quarter of Douglas Way. The railway viaductat Deptford is London's earliest, and the goods yard was dominated by an L-shaped grade II listed Victorian carriage ramps which brought goods and wagons up from the High Street to the railway viaduct.
We worked with U + I, the developers, and the London Borough of Lewisham, from the inception of the project in 2009 to create a masterplan for the area around Deptford railway station. The local MP, Joan Ruddock, took a particular interest in the project.
Deptford High Street is lined with an amazing collection of facades from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, it has a well loved food market supporting dozens of world cuisines, but the street is narrow and the only entrance to the station was up two steep dingy staircases. We proposed rebuilding the ruinous carriage ramp as a new pedestrian route up to the station, along with the new station entrance proposed for the head of the yard.
Linked to the ramp is a large new apartment building by Rogers Stirk Harbour. Ash Sakula's role was the whole of the public realm including the carriage ramp and the market yard, connections through to the Albany Theatre and the existing market square, and the remodelling of St Paul's House, an elegant 1920s building on Deptford High Street which was formerly the rectory for Thomas Archer's baroque church, St Paul's Deptford, further down the High Street.
The lower part of the carriage ramp was rebuilt and the remainder restored. The arches under the ramp have become small retail, café and bar units. The market yard itself, stone paved, creates a new public realm linking the station with its hinterland, and a location for markets and one-off events.
The public square is highly permeable, bringing pedestrians from all four corners to the Albany Theatre, the flea market, the station and the buzz of Deptford High Street
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The project has turned Deptford Market Yard into a busy, buzzy, all-hours place from what was a derelict goods yard.
A view down the restored carriage ramp, with Rogers Stirk Harbour's building right, and Ash Sakula's St Paul's house rear addition, left, containing three town houses over a restaurant.
An sketch model of the development, used for community engagement.
Deptford Market Yard in 2009
Deptford Station goods yard before redevelopment.
Deptford Market Yard
Client: U and I
Collaborators: Rogers Stirk Harbour, Farrer Huxley, PTE, BDP