Community Unites To Revitalise ‘The Blue’
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
Pop into our Made in Bermondsey headquarters at:
10 Market Place SE16 3UQ to get involved.
Please contact our programme co-ordinator for more information:
Emma Snow | email@example.com | 07876 515194
– 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