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Public Consultation – Online Survey Still Open Until 26th October 2019

Over the last three months, all the partner groups have been working hard with architects Hayatsu and urban designers Assemble to help develope and bring forward the design options.

Businesses, residents and visitors have been dropping into the open sessions at Made in Bermondsey HQ at 10 Market Place SE16 3UQ to see the the design options and giving their input to help shape the final plans.

We would appreciate a few minutes of your time to give us your input through our online survey

All input will be considered against the budget for the different elements of the project and the final designs decided on, with the works planned to begin in March 2020.


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

A community campaign led by Blue Bermondsey BID with local charities Community Opportunity and Big Local Works was successful in securing the £2m capital funding from the Mayor of London’s LEAP Good Growth Fund after forward thinking staff at Southwark Council suggested a joint submission and helped to shape the application.

Locally based Turner prize winning collective, Assemble and architects Hayatsu have been appointed to deliver the programme and will consult on the designs with all stakeholders over the coming months, with the final plans to be decided in the autumn. The works are set to begin in early 2020 and completed in March 2021. Where appropriate, local businesses will be engaged to provide services for the project, so it will truly be Made in Bermondsey

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
  • High St
  • Shop Fronts
  • Community Buildings
  • 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

Please contact our programme co-ordinator for more information:

Emma Snow | | 07876 515194

Project Timeline

June 2017
July 2018
Blue market vision and strategy project by Blue Bermondsey BID and Southwark Council
Initial expression of preliminary interest submitted to GLA
Development of application and supporting information
Draft list of ‘shopping’ items drawn up for potential funding
Draft regeneration strategy and theory of change produced
Draft application produced by all partners and stakeholders
Final regeneration strategy theory of change and application
Southwark Council agree to support application
GLA contacted and support application
Expression of interest submitted to GLA
Initial meeting with GLA to get feedback on application
Final application submitted
Application gets provisional approval subject to GLA recommendations
Blue market vision and strategy project report produced
Application redrafted based on GLA feedback
October 2018Redrafted application submitted to GLA
December 2018Funding application successful
January 2019GLA site visit / tour of the Blue
March 2019Steering group formed
Project governance structure agreed
Shortlist of ten architects drawn up
Project begins
Architects site visit / tour of the blue
Architects interviews
Appointment of Hayatsu Architects and Assemble
Initial scoping of area by architects
Draft designs and development phase
August 2019
Ongoing consultation with partner groups
Initial designs concepts presented to steering group
Public consultation period
November December
Consultation input collated and considered
Planning consent and tender of works
March 2020
March 2021
Community Activities at Made in Bermondsey

Wed – 12/3pm Bring and Fix: Pop up shed for older people – Time & Talents

Wed – 4/6pm Bermondsey Upcycling: After school club – crafts – languages

Thu – 10/1pm Clickety Click: Knitting – bingo – sharing memories

Thu – 4/6pm Code Factory: After school club – make your own computer game

Sat – 11/2pm Open access: Textiles workshop, screen printing, arts and crafts – BOOK HERE

Sat – 2/6pm Makers workshop: Learn sewing and crafts – materials provided – BOOK HERE

Sun – 2/5pm Tea dance: Sharing memories, local history talks, craft, tea and biscuits

Quotes About Our Project
We are very pleased to be a part of this exciting programme. We have a strong interest in local people being involved in making parts of their local spaces themselves and will definitely be looking to Bermondsey’s fascinating industrial and social history for inspiration. Watch this space!

Mat Leung – Assemble

We are delighted to have been appointed to work on this important and ground breaking community-led regeneration programme at the Blue. We look forward to working closely with the local community.

Takeshi Hayatsu – Hayatsu Architects

“I am hugely excited at the appointment of Hayatsu and Assemble as masterplanners of the Blue, and can’t wait to see the fruits of their work with the community over the coming months to help restore this important and historic high street back to glory, and create a thriving destination for the people of Bermondsey to shop, socialise and enjoy their time. I would like to thank the Community Steering Group for their commitment and enthusiasm for this project, and encourage everyone who lives around, works in and shops at the Blue to get involved the design process over the summer.”

Cllr Leo Pollak – Ward Cllr, Chair of the Community Steering Group and Cabinet Member, High Street Planning

“Our local high streets, town centres and markets are the life’s blood of the borough and at Southwark we want to help all our local businesses thrive. I am excited to be working with such a dedicated group of local people to put this historic part of Bermondsey back on the map. We are very pleased that local architects Hayatsu and Assemble will be leading on the design and involving local people, especially given Assemble’s track record of strong community involvement in projects including Granby Four Streets in Liverpool which was awarded the Turner Prize.”

Cllr Stephanie Cryan – Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Innovation

“Winning this £2m funding is a fantastic achievement after years of hard work by everyone at the Blue. I’m really excited to see how the architects will work with local people and businesses to develop ideas and best use this funding to benefit our high street and wider community.”

Russell Dryden – Blue Bermondsey BID Manager

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