Made In Bermondsey


Made in Bermondsey is the name chosen for 2m regeneration programme to revitalise the Blue, which is Bermondsey’s historic town centre.

A community campaign led by Blue Bermondsey BID was successful in securing the £2m capital funding from the Mayor of London’s LEAP Good Growth Fund, supported by Southwark Council who helped to shape the application.

Locally based Turner prize winning collective, Assemble and architects Hayatsu were appointed to deliver the programme and in June 2019 produced draft designs for the first phase of the project, which were revised alongside ongoing work with the partner groups.

From July to October 2019 a variety of public consultation events were held at Made in Bermondsey HQ. During this period, over 700 responses were submitted via drop in sessions, community activities and the online survey.

Hayatsu Architects and Assemble prioritised the designs based on the public input and the works finally began in January 2021 with the main works to the Market Place completed in July 2021.

Project Summary

The Made in Bermondsey Community-Led Regeneration Programme aims to transform the Blue into a thriving area, once more recognised and celebrated as Bermondsey’s historic town centre. 

Additionally the project will build upon The Blue’s identity as the Larder of London, cemented by legendary brands such as Peek Freans biscuits and Branston Pickle and recognise 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 a booming local business community.

Project Objectives  – This programme relates to all three strategic challenges:


The key actions are:

Develop civic infrastructure and deliver community-led regeneration

Developing and implementing an holistic area based renewal strategy for the Blue Market

Revitalising the high street, public realm and community assets

Enhancing the experience and multi-functionality of local high street

Create new walking and cycling links, enhanced with better signage and wayfinding

Intensify London’s local economies by backing and supporting small business

Meanwhile use of empty premises for business incubator, social enterprise and community purposes

Developing new models of shared use for business incubation, makers, social enterprise, charities, community

Promoting skill sharing and vocational training

Enhance public spaces

Supporting Council’s new asset management strategy for publicly owned commercial property

Refurbishing and community assets and promoting local management in area

Delivering affordable shared spaces

Share culture

Bringing wider community together around common spaces, promoting collaboration, social integration

More Planting and greening and promoting health and wellbeing

Events celebrating local culture, community art and murals

Co-design and co-production

The funding is allocated to be used for:

Improvements to Market Place

Improvements to High St Shop Fronts

Improvements to Community Buildings

Creating Pop Up Shops in Empty Units

Supporting New Local Business

Improving Grot Spots With More Greening And Murals

New Walking And Cycling Routes

Better Signage And Wayfinding To The Blue