Farrer Huxley Associates: Market Yard is a new public space in the heart of Deptford, London, incorporating the restored carriage ramp and arches, the oldest railway structure in London. The 14 arches are now home to artisanal businesses, and the ramp will soon provide public access to the rebuilt station. The yard itself hosts a pop-up food market, complementing the existing local street market.
The yard itself has been transformed. What we found in 2012 was a pitied and run down backwater where the businesses plied their trade despite the yard and its condition.
The comprehensive repaving, new drainage and lighting all done in robust materials balances the vernacular of the past, through use of sympathetic quality materials with a forward and optimistic future, by the use of ‘Corten’ Steel and subtle contemporary detailing and design. The final piece is the planted soft seating edge and the 6 large trees that have introduced to just enough nature, seasonal change and summer shade to this edgy and exciting place. The real success is the choreography of the retention of existing businesses and attracting appropriate new. The new vibrancy has been almost immediate yet the effect will be lasting.
Entrant office name: Farrer Huxley Associates
Other design firms involved:
• Client – U+I and London Borough of Lewisham
• Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE)
• Structural Engineer: PEP Group
• M&E Consultant: AECOM
• Sustainability Consultant: AECOM
• Contractor: Bower Contracting Limited
• Local authority: London Borough of Lewisham
Key data – £3.4m construction costs
Site area: 0.37Ha
Project location: Deptford, London, UK
Design year: 2012 – 2014
Year Built: 2015 – 2016