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MOUNT ANVIL IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE HERITAGE OF LONDON TRUST TO RESTORE THE THOMAS GUY STATUE IN SOUTHWARK

Growth goals Canada Water and London Bridge via Old Kent Road: plans in place for positive change

The festival crowd Street parties, art trails, open house, fun at the fair: Southwark summers to remember

Independents day Success for local traders, from quirky shops to inspiring eats, never better business

Health and happiness Reducing inequality, regeneration to benefit borough residents – both existing and new

Masters of the market Traditional, modern, famous or undiscovered – great places to visit, fresh ways to engage

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At Mount Anvil we are committed to improving the public realm and delivering homes and communities across London that ensure its legacy as a world-class city. We call that Better London Living.

Discover more at mountanvil.com or call 020 7776 1800

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MONUMENTS LIKE THE THOMAS GUY STATUE ARE PART OF LONDON’S CULTURAL HERITAGE. MOUNT ANVIL IS A DEVELOPER WITH A REAL COMMITMENT TO MAKING LONDON A WORLD-CLASS CITY.

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DANCE, DREAM, DARE, DELIGHT

Festivals in the frame, boom for local traders, vision setting and prioritising the social impact of development

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London’s most delectable new destination Offering world wide cuisine in one of London’s most famous locations, One Tower Bridge is home to a plethora of exciting restaurants and bars as well as Bridge Theatre, a new 900 seat theatre showcasing some of the very best theatre productions. Restaurants vary from the unique to the well-established. Welsh chef and ‘Masterchef the Professionals’ finalist Tom Simmons, world renowned The Ivy Brasserie, The Coal Shed, a steak and seafood restaurant originally hailing from Brighton, and By Chloe, a New York vegan eatery have all opened at the development as well as Prosecco House, a bar serving only the finest Proseccos sourced directly from Italy. Coming soon to the development is Thai favourite, Rosa’s Thai Cafe, as well as the second London restaurant for Gunpowder, the home-style Indian Kitchen. Visit

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for more information on all of the restaurants and to book your table.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE SITEMATCH LONDON 2018 A SUCCESS 221 delegates 42 public sector landowners 331 meetings

See you next year!

For more information about Sitematch London, or to get involved with next year’s event, please contact Josie Brewer josie@3foxinternational.com or Paul Gussar paul@3foxinternational.com

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Working with the London Borough of Southwark to create an exciting mixed use development at Canada Water

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TOWN CENTRE REGENER ATION

is committed to delivering a new town centre for Elephant & Castle HOMES

COMMUNITY SPACE

• 35% affordable housing • 979 new homes where none currently exist

• 2.5 acres of new parks and public realm • Allocation of space for a new bingo hall • Safer wider pavements • Co-working spaces

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EMPLOYMENT

• Around 175,000 sq ft of new leisure facilities, shops and restaurants • On site affordable retail space for existing traders

• Significant job creation during construction and post development – construction, retail, leisure, education and estate management

EDUCATION

TRANSPORT

• A cutting-edge new building for UAL’s London College of Communication, ensuring their future in Elephant & Castle • A new home for UAL’s core university services, increasing local job opportunities

• New Northern line entrance, escalators and ticket hall • Better accessibility to National Rail • 60 new cycle docking stations • Improved pedestrian routes

To register your support or if you have any questions please visit elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk

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contents 30 festivals A programme of summer festivals across Southwark showcases the borough’s diversity, inclusivity and strong sense of community – from street parties to perfect performance.

09 Introduction What to expect in Southwark. 12 news Council movers, awards, developments: latest updates. 19 social regeneration How stakeholders in Southwark’s growth are working together to prioritise the borough’s people. 25 london bridge After years of work, the results of regeneration have become reality.

37 markets Boosting tourism and benefiting traders: Southwark’s markets are diverse and numerous. 45 projects Rapid progress on huge development areas such as Canada Water, as well as a schools expansion programme and housing schemes. 58 architecture Southwark speaks to the architect behind some of the borough’s newest schools.

54 retail Independent retailers, bars and restaurants make for an exciting shopping scene.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF James Renoux-Wood NEWS AND DIGITAL EDITOR Natalie Vincent DESIGN Smallfury PRODUCTION MANAGER Christopher Hazeldine EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Tilly Shenstone, Mia Wicks BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Paul Gussar PROJECT MANAGER Sue Mapara SUBSCRIPTIONS MANAGER Simon Maxwell MANAGING DIRECTOR Toby Fox PRINTED BY Tradewinds COVER IMAGE London Bridge City Summer Festival - photo by Brendan Bell IMAGES Merge Festival, Luca Piffaretti, Wormfood, Danny North, Originate Architects, Network Rail, Tania Han, Lee Carter Images, Jonathan Ashworth, Fielden House, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, LTS Architects / Science Gallery London, Philip Vile, Alex Brenner, Julia McKenzie, Tom Leighton, Peckham Festival, Sara Montali, Borough Market / John Holdship, chas B (CC BY 2.0), Johnny Stephens Photography, Street Fest, Hufton + Crow, Jack Hobhouse / Hawkins\Brown Architects, Mickey Lee / thebiglondon.com, Nachogsanchez, Tamra Cave / No Fuss Photography, Mac & Miller, Anthony Coleman Sunley House, Bedford Park, Croydon CR0 2AP PUBLISHED BY T 020 7978 6840 W 3foxinternational.com SUBSCRIPTIONS AND FEEDBACK southwarkmagazine.com southwarkmagazine.com

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CONTINUING TO INVEST IN SOUTHWARK Alumno has a strong track record of investing in Southwark. Our work has involved the refurbishment and reinterpretation of former council buildings to create diverse communities as well as cultural destinations.

HAMPTON STREET In 2012 Alumno gained planning permission for 221 new affordable student accommodation spaces and business incubator units for University of Arts, London. The development was designed to fit into the local area and improve the appearance and use of a brownfield site under the railway arches at Hampton Street. The development offers an improved streetscape as well as additional amenities for local people and businesses. It was at the forefront of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area in Southwark.

CAMBERWELL PHASE 1 AND 2 In phase one of the Camberwell development, Alumno worked with Southwark to realise a long-held aspiration of Camberwell College (UAL) – to provide its students with a campus-style education. The scheme involved converting four existing, Grade 2-listed former council buildings into student accommodation on Peckham Road adjacent to Camberwell College of Arts. This was both an exciting and challenging project. The refurbished buildings helped preserve the long-term future to the benefit of the College, as well as creating a new cultural area for the whole community. The development enabled the college to provide affordable accommodation, and was also the catalyst for long-term investment in the Camberwell campus. Phase two of the project saw Alumno undertaking the redevelopment of the landmark former Southwark Town Hall. The challenging nature of the buildings and environment meant that a creative and inclusive approach was needed.

Being adjacent to the previous phase 1 development, Alumno’s holistic approach enabled it to add to the vibrant cultural hub on Peckham Road. The character and heritage of the Town Hall has been carefully maintained in student accomodation for Goldsmiths University of London, while the local community can enjoy a new café as well as the new public piazza and entrance to the Sceaux Gardens Estate and theatre Peckham.

FUTURE INVESTMENT With three successful developments completed in Southwark, Alumno is looking again to the future in this vibrant London borough. It is planning to apply for planning permission in Summer 2018 for a derelict building on Alscot Road in Bermondsey to be demolished and sensitively redeveloped as student accommodation.

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southwark MELTING POT Street life in Southwark is so exciting and in this edition we explore the breadth of festivals, markets, and independent retailers across the borough. What better way to celebrate the amazing diversity of our communities than free events and festivals in our public spaces, and we have a fun packed line-up for our residents this year, from Peckham Festival and Camberwell Fair to what promises to be the largest Great Get Together in the country in Bankside on 24 June. We have a rich history of markets in our borough and we take you on a journey to visit ancient Borough Market, bustling East Street, and the international flavours of Mercato Metropolitano at Elephant and Castle. As the population of Southwark grows, it is great to see so many local independent shops thriving and we shine a spotlight on many of these local gems, as well as showcasing new affordable retail opportunities which will be coming soon for our residents. Several milestones are approaching at London Bridge and we go behind the scenes to highlight the completion of the new 21st-century train station, the recent opening of the fabulous Bridge Theatre, and the final works to complete the Science Gallery London this summer. Everything we do is ultimately to make our residents healthier and happier. We want to ensure that wellbeing is centre stage in new developments and in this edition we focus on a pioneering social regeneration charter which is being developed for Canada Water, to ensure that local ideas for improving health are embedded in the scheme. A range of colourful festivals, vibrant and historic markets, and new cultural buildings are opening their doors this summer: never a dull moment in Southwark. Councillor Peter John OBE Leader of Southwark Council

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The New Address That Means Business There’s a real buzz around Elephant Park, the new neighbourhood rising up in the heart of Elephant and Castle. To those who know it, the Elephant is one of London’s richest gems. But tell someone who isn’t familiar with this spot south of the river, and they’re always surprised it’s inside Zone 1. Now, the developers of Elephant Park are doing everything they can to put it firmly on the map… and in the minds of London’s budding retailers. Elephant Park is a £2.3 billion regeneration project that is breathing new life into this special part of Central London. With 3,000 new homes, £30m investment in strategic transport improvements and over 100,000 square feet of retail floorspace on offer, it’s going to be an address that means business. Just ask any of the retailers that have already moved in. Caitlyn Badham-Thornhill, co-founder of Cupcakes and Shhht says “The area is so up and coming. It’s growing all the time and that means we’re getting busier”. In fact, since they opened their doors, she says “there has been growth every single day.” Creatives and entrepreneurs looking to put down their roots and expand in Central London, will sit alongside established brands and existing local traders.

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Mauritian Restauranteurs Marcel & Sons have set up shop there. They know the area well and were attracted by its potential. They say “it’s the perfect space to create our own story”. But Mauritian streetfood and cupcakes aside, what else is there to tempt new businesses? Well, they can choose from four curated retail zones, with tree-lined streets and the feel of a traditional London neighbourhood. They’ll be part of an exciting and diverse blend of 50 shops, bars and restaurants. They can enjoy the largest new park in Central London for over 70 years, at over 9,000 square metres. And they can take advantage of all the passing trade that comes from a 24/7 economy, catering for everyone from office workers, nightclub revellers, to hungry students from the two nearby universities. With two underground lines, Thameslink and 28 bus routes intersecting through Elephant & Castle, there’s no shortage of customers looking for dinner on the way home, a quick gift or after-work drinks. Southwark is one of London’s fastest growing boroughs and has an ever-growing claim to be the foodie quarter of London.

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Along with Borough Market, Bermondsey Street and Flat Iron Square, Elephant Park will no doubt offer more opportunities in the food and beverage retail sector. Which for the foodies among us, can only be a good thing.

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WHAT’S NEW AND HAPPENING IN SOUTHWARK

SOUTHWARK SWEEPS AWARDS Four cultural landmarks in and around Southwark have scooped top prizes at the 2018 Time Out Love London Awards. The winners of the online competition, in which more than 60,000 votes were cast by Londoners for their favourite places across a dozen categories, were announced by Time Out magazine in May. Tower Bridge was recognised as the Most Loved Local Landmark. Chris Earlie, head of Tower Bridge, said: “As one of the most recognisable, iconic structures in the world, we welcome around 800,000 visitors every year, while a team of City of London Corporation staff, working across a wide range of disciplines, apply their expertise and work tirelessly to ensure that road users, visitors, schools, venue hire clients and local communities continue to enjoy one of London’s favourite bridges.”

The Cinema Museum on the Southwark borough boundary in neighbouring Lambeth, and part of the Elephant and Castle regeneration zone, was named Most Loved Local Culture Spot with the Tate Modern art gallery – also in Southwark – coming in second. The museum showcases a collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment documenting the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day. A previous winner of the Most Loved Local Cinema category in 2015 and 2016, Peckhamplex reclaimed the accolade this year, following a campaign to save it from closure; it remains popular for its discounted cinema tickets and free screenings for young people. John Reiss, director of Peckhamplex, said: “We are thrilled to have won the award, especially as it is the people’s choice. The Peckhamplex team intends to continue

to deliver a wide range of films in a fun environment, at affordable prices to our expanding number of loyal customers.” Printworks SE16 won the award for Most Loved Local Club or Party. The venue has functioned as a 3,000-capacity music venue since January 2017 on the site where the London Evening Standard and Daily Mail newspapers were once printed. Simon Tracey, CEO of Vibration Group, the event programmer of Printworks, said: “We’re enormously proud of being voted the best-loved club in London. We see this space as a home for culture generally; we’ve recently opened a 3,000 capacity live music venue which will match the high standards of our electronic events, and you’ll see some really exciting stuff happening this year across the arts spectrum, as well as a lot of community work happening locally.”

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BREWING A STORM IN SOUTHWARK A brace of microbreweries have set up Southwark. Small Beer Brew Company was founded in November 2017 by James Grundy and Felix James, who wanted to revitalise what they regarded as the lost method of brewing low alcohol by volume (ABV) beer, by recycling water. Where creating one pint of normal ABV beer uses 10 pints of water, Small Beer has reduced this to one and a half pints. Small Beer opened its Bermondsey site in April, with 200 guests attending. There are now plans to welcome artists and a yoga class to the 511sq m space. Grundy said: “We love how creative the area feels. Our industrial estate is made up of some of the West End’s largest set designers to cool print studios. Everyone chips in and helps each other out. It’s a real sense of community. “We believe that low alcohol beer has always had a stigma attached to it in the sense of it being far less flavoursome. Our vision was to turn that on its head and brew a beer that allowed you to enjoy the social lunch, evening catch up with friends or Sunday tipple, but not leave you with an unproductive afternoon or a cloudy head the following morning.” The second business, German Kraft Beer Brewery, launched at Newington Causeway’s food market Mercato Metropolitano, creates unfiltered beer using water distillation, and supplying warm waste water to heat the showers at nearby Rooney’s Boxing Gym. Owner Florian Bolian said: “Having spent a lot of time in Elephant and Castle over the last years and having seen the change it went through, it seemed like the perfect place to start something. “Mercato [Metropolitano] shares a lot of our values in terms of sustainability and fresh products. We support each other however we can and there are so many interesting people in the market community.”

START-UPS SEEK OUT SOUTHBANK Small tech firms and start-up businesses are leaving wellknown tech hotspots such as Shoreditch and Soho for working spaces in Southwark. According to research from office and co-working space marketplace Hubble, startups and small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly searching in London Bridge for flexible working space, rising from 3.7% in 2017 to 29% this year, surpassing Shoreditch with 27% of all searches. Soho’s market share of office space enquiries dropped from 45.2% in 2017 to 23.5% in 2018. Meanwhile, more than 37% of searches were for office space in south London, including London Bridge and the Southbank. Hubble’s data is supported by a recent report by estate consultant Knight Frank’s report, which named the Southbank as London’s newest commercial hotspot. Tushar Agarwal, Hubble’s co-founder and CEO, said: “This data is really exciting. Where startups and SMEs previously wanted to be in established creative clusters, this shows signs of a maturing scale-up market. UK businesses are increasingly comfortable to move to newer, developing areas. The introduction of Crossrail and cheaper prices are likely fueling the boom.”

SOUTHWARK HELD BY LABOUR Labour maintained its majority in May’s local elections, holding 49 of the 63 seats on the council. The ward of London Bridge and West Bermondsey’s election was postponed, following the death of candidate Toby Eckersley, a former Conservative councillor. That election took place on 14 June, where the Liberal Democrats won all three seats up for grabs, increasing its representation on the council from 13 to 14 seats. southwarkmagazine.com

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HEALTH CENTRE BUILD TO START IN 2019

FROM CARS TO CO-WORKING SPACE A planning application has been submitted to Southwark Council to transform a disused car park in Camberwell into coworking spaces for young professionals. The Redcar underground garage was built in the 1960s with the tower blocks in the Wyndham and Comber Estate, and has been unused for over 20 years. Originate Architects’ proposal keeps the existing structure, and adds 2,000sq m of office space, including a reception, open desk space, private offices, meeting rooms and bike storage. A timber staircase will provide

access to the roof deck, a public space with new seating and greenery. David Siverson, principal at Originate Architects, said: “We weren’t sure what to expect when we were approached about looking at mothballed car parks in Camberwell, but we were amazed by the size of this untapped resource. We immediately started brainstorming ideas as to the best use for these structures. “Traditional office and retail uses were quickly abandoned for the ‘co-working’ concept to benefit the local community.”

The construction of a large health centre in south Walworth will start in early 2019, providing a key anchor facility in the new neighbourhood development. Developed through a partnership with housing association Notting Hill Genesis and Southwark Council, the new centre is one of a mix of community facilities to be brought forward as part of the Aylesbury estate regeneration, at the 1-ha former Amersham site. It will include an early years’ nursery, library, public open space as well as a range of homes and retail units including a cafe and pharmacy. The relocated facilities are set to meet the expanding population and to provide a wider range of services.

GOALS SET OUT TO SAVE FOOTBALL GROUND The future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club’s Champion Hill home could be saved after Southwark Council in March 2018 announced plans to acquire the ground. Uncertainty about the club being able to remain at the site had been circulating following property developer Meadow Residential’s decision to evict the club from its premises. Meadow Residential, whose parent company is New York-based Meadow Partners, bought Dulwich Hamlet out of administration in 2014, paying off the club’s debts and funding it for four years. In October 2017, Southwark Council rejected Meadow’s planning application to develop the land adjoining the stadium. In a statement, Meadow Residential said

its proposal for the Champion Hill site is “to replace the current ground with a new stadium, secure the long-term financial future of the club and providing much-needed housing”. The local authority argued Meadow had failed to provide evidence it would reach its 35% target for affordable housing. Meadow then dropped its support for the club, leaving it with a rent bill of £121,000. When this went unpaid, the firm barred entry into the grounds, and claimed ownership of the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club trademark, and anything relating to it, prohibiting it from using it in print or online. Southwark applied to buy the grounds from Meadow Residential. If negotiations are unsuccessful, a compulsory purchase order could be sanctioned.

Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, said: “This decision is about delivering muchneeded housing in Southwark, and securing the future of Dulwich Hamlet, which we all feel passionate about”. Notable names have come out in support of the club, including mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Helen Hayes, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, who secured a 30-minute adjournment debate in the House of Commons, bringing the issue in parliament. Thomas Cullen, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club spokesperson, said: “We couldn’t ask for more from Southwark Council. It’s been an incredibly difficult time for the club and our fans, and to have the support of the council gives us some hope things can be resolved.”

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PRINCE WILLIAM ATTENDS RE-OPENING OF NEW-LOOK LONDON BRIDGE Prince William joined transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne on 9 May 2018 to reopen London Bridge station, following its £1 billion five-year redevelopment. Redevelopment of the UK’s fourth busiest railway station started in 2013, to increase space and provide easier connections to other rail services and the tube, handling projected passenger growth. Updates to the 12,000sq m station include the creation of additional ‘through platforms’, enabling 30% more Thameslink trains to stop there; by the end of 2019, there will be up to 16 Thameslink services an hour in peak hours. A new street-level concourse, the size of Wembley football pitch, opened in January

2018, allowing passengers to access all the platforms from one place and new entrances and exits provide easier routes to and from the station; the station is now more accessible with the lifts and escalator access to all platforms, and with a larger retail offering due to open this autumn. Carne said: “This station represents a transformation in passenger experience, a catalyst for economic growth and a world first in the use of digital railway technology demonstrating our vision of the future. “I give my thanks to the great people and great teams behind this fantastic project, as well as to our customers for their patience and understanding during these major works.” More on London Bridge, pages 25-28.

PECKHAM RYE REGENERATION BEGINS Work has started to transform Peckham Rye Station square from a dimly lit, narrow space into a large public square, since local residents mooted the idea over 10 years ago. Southwark Council has been working with the Greater London Authority to deliver the project, which will see the Grade-II listed station building enhanced, with the exposed viaducts along the north and south side of the square to be used for new business space aimed at local companies. The refurbishment and extension of the Blenheim Grove corner building will create space for community groups to meet, alongside a garden roof. It will also include affordable work space for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. With some businesses required to relocate due to the works, the council is delivering a hair and beauty quarter, Peckham Palms, which is due to be completed this summer.

GETTING CREATIVE Southwark Council has been awarded £50,000 from the Greater London Authority to establish the UK’s first Creative Enterprise Zone, designed to help boost local creative industry and culture within the borough. The funding will provide skills, training, education, and community and work space development, along the A202 between Peckham and Camberwell, which will be known as the Peckham to Camberwell Creative Corridor; the council will engage with local businesses, cultural organisations, developers and residents to stimulate further growth in the creative industries in both areas. southwarkmagazine.com

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LASTING IMPACTS Southwark has some of the largest scale developments in London, and the council is determined to ensure regeneration provides genuine benefits for both new and existing residents. As such, it has adopted a mantra that its policy should not just be about constructing buildings, but creating strong communities. Lucy Clarke reports

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IN A BOROUGH storming ahead with some of the biggest development schemes in London, Southwark Council is introducing new ways to engage residents in plans for socially minded regeneration. Ensuring all stakeholders have their interests heard and considered is of paramount importance to the local authority, as it aims to create life opportunities, improve wellbeing, reduce inequality and create engaged communities. Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing, says Southwark Council has identified social regeneration as a major priority. And in the midst of £1 billion works with British Land – one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK – it is determined to ensure no-one gets left behind. “As we promote urban renewal, wellbeing will be at the centre,” Fenton says. “We’re not just focused on building new buildings but issue

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THIS PAGE: Global Generation’s Paper Garden project at Printworks involves ecology and arts workshops for schools and community organisations.

building more cohesive communities; shaping a place to improve health and wellbeing. “We need to learn from past experiences and that means being communicative about the positive benefits – deliberately and consistently taking everyone along with us and helping people make the connection so they can feel the benefits.” The Canada Water masterplan is a partnership between British Land and the local authority covering 18.6ha and incorporating Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, the Dock Manager’s Office, 1-14 Dock Offices – the SE16 Printworks. At the latter, Global Generation, the education charity which works in Camden, Islington and Southwark, is engaging residents with its Paper Garden project. “Making furniture, growing and telling stories with paper” is the idea of the project, which aims to engage both young people from surrounding schools and older people in the community so they can learn from each other. British Land’s project, meanwhile, will create a new town centre at Canada Water and over the next 15 years is expected to deliver around 1,858,060sq m of office and workspace, around 3,000 new homes and roughly 929,030sq m of retail, leisure,

entertainment and community space, all set in a network of connecting streets and spaces. The developer has recently acquired Rotherhithe Police Station, which closed at the end of 2017. It will be integrated into plans to strengthen links between Lower Road and the masterplan area. The completed scheme expects to support around 20,000 jobs across workspace, retail and leisure, with an average of around 1,200 workers on-site each month during construction periods. In March 2018, Southwark Council’s cabinet settled on the master development agreement (MDA) for the Canada Water masterplan, after several years of consultation between British Land, Southwark Council and the local community (pictured below right). A vast number of people contributed their thoughts on the masterplan through five phases of consultation. Approximately 10,000 attendees at more than 69 consultation events took part, with over 12,000 comments submitted throughout the process. “Everyone is responsible when it comes to regeneration – the council, the developers, the borough’s current residents and the people who move into the borough,” Fenton says. “We all become part of a new community and must be mindful of that. Completing one of the largest consultations the council has ever seen has been so important.

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“We heard from 3,000 people on how things are changing; including what is currently good and what their aspirations are. Recurring themes included the need for high quality affordable housing and enough places in the public realm to keep people active. “People want opportunities to volunteer and give back; being part of and contributing to a local community. Keeping all these values at the core of our plans will ensure we don’t leave people behind. We want people who have been born here not to be priced out of the market and forced out of the area. That means designing places so people coming in understand the history of the borough.”

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A planning application for the outline masterplan was submitted in May 2018 and among the first detailed designs are plans for an improved wetland habitat in Canada Water Dock (pictured, previous page), a scheme developed in partnership with the London Wildlife Trust. These plans include improving the existing habitat and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) area, aiming to increase biodiversity. Plans for the dock also incorporate a crossing to allow residents and visitors to interact with nature. “Our ambitions are to create a place to learn, grow, belong, connect and work,” Roger Madelin CBE, head of Canada Water development at British Land, says. “But above all that, we want it to be place where residents can be happy and healthy. “People enjoy a healthier and happier quality of life in a place that connects them to other people, to nature and to active living. An understanding of this must be at the core of any development.” And with construction of the first aspects of the masterplan beginning in spring 2019, subject to planning approvals, Fenton says British Land and the council want to seize “every opportunity” they can to ensure social integration remains at the core. “The Canada Water development is one of many,” explains Fenton. “There will be thousands of people moving into the borough, so it is incredibly important there are enough leisure facilities and green spaces. “These sorts of facilities are so good for your mental health. Walking routes and cycle routes also make people feel safe and connected with others. In turn, that combats social isolation.” In addition to the detailed work that has gone into consultation, negotiating the MDA and preparing a planning application, British Land says it has been considering the lasting positive impacts the development can bring for the local community. The developer owns and manages some of London’s most vibrant and engaging neighbourhoods – Broadgate, adjacent to Liverpool Street station, Regent’s Place in the West End, and Paddington Central, close to Paddington station. “Creating a better place for all, now and in the future, is the key driver for the project team at Canada Water,” Madelin says. “To do this, British Land is, together with Southwark Council and the local community, developing a social regeneration strategy – the Canada Water Charter. “The charter will be jointly adopted by Southwark Council and British Land and form a tangible and accountable framework,

PEOPLE ENJOY A HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER QUALITY OF LIFE IN A PLACE THAT CONNECTS THEM TO OTHERS which sets out the masterplan’s intentions, ensuring the project brings opportunities and improvements to community quality of life and recognising priorities and ambitions will change as the place evolves.” Madelin says that to ensure the charter, and indeed the wider masterplan, evolves to meet local needs, it must be inclusive, collaborative, flexible, responsive to need,

empowering, open and accountable. British Land and Southwark Council have envisioned the charter framework, encompassing everything from feelings of safety, to health and employment and creating spaces which encourage social connections. In March 2018, Southwark Council’s cabinet endorsed the draft charter ambitions along with the MDA. “We will also be submitting a document outlining the charter as a part of our planning application,” Madelin says. “An initial topic session was held earlier this month and the community will continue to be involved in the charter’s development, with further engagement over the coming months as part of the ongoing review and evaluation once everything is confirmed.” Southwark has changed a lot over the last 20 years and Fenton is keen to address the concerns about people being moved out of the borough because of development.

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Social Regeneration PICTURED: The council’s social regeneration strategy aims to keep residents active (left); consultation for development in Southwark has been extensive (below and right).

“We have to do a better job of explaining to people what regeneration really means for an area,” he says. “It is important for bringing money into the borough so we can invest back into it – improving the infrastructure. “Councillors must keep talking about the positive side of regeneration and what it can bring to the community. Infrastructure in the north of the borough has improved massively because of it. But everyone should have an option to come back to their neighbourhood and reap the benefits.” Elsewhere, the Old Kent Road Action Plan, which sets the blueprint for 20,000 new homes to be built over the next 20 years, has been released in response to feedback from

the Southwark Conversation, which the council considers to be its most farreaching consultation. This initiative sought to find out what borough residents’ view of change was, so they could indicate what they would like to see more or less of in terms of development in the borough. Ways of achieving this included teasing out views on some of the things the local authority has already invested in, such as free gym and swim sessions for residents in areas like Elephant and Castle. This scheme has proven to be a big hit for locals, with feedback indicating that many had made use of the cost effective way of improving their fitness at centres such as The Castle, part of the recently completed St Mary’s Quarter development. The council wants to continue with these sorts of programmes and to forge ahead with improving open green spaces, for inclusion within the Old Kent Road masterplan. Investing in leisure facilities and open facilities are major pillars. Links between employment and general wellbeing are also key to the masterplan, and the council believes it is important to back smaller enterprises on Old Kent Road. Over the last few years, the local authority has been running various initiatives to support its high streets and this is key to its Economic Wellbeing Strategy. With some of London’s most diverse and rapidly expanding town centres and a population which is continuing to swell in numbers, developing initiatives to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all Southwark residents is high on the agenda. southwarkmagazine.com

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london bridge THIS LITTLE AREA on the south bank of the Thames packs in a lot of history. Site of the first bridge across the river, hotbed of bawdy medieval fun, home to teeming and prosperous 19th century ports and their subsequent dereliction, and later an epicentre of 1980s warehouse regeneration and loftstyle living. Its most recent transformation from slightly down-at-heel urban jumble to one of London’s hottest locales is symbolized by its station. Network Rail’s £1 billion project – its biggest ever investment in one station – has turned London’s oldest station from a dowdy and confusing warren of suburban tracks and tunnels into a sleek transport hub and retail destination in its own right. London Bridge is the fourth busiest station in the country. With its brand new concourse – bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium – tracks and platforms now complete, up to 18 trains an hour can now pass through,

creating new connections and increasing capacity in peak hour by 30% – from 50 million to 90 million passengers per year. Since the station was built in 1836, its labyrinth of tunnels and tracks had acted as a barrier between the river and the rest of the borough. But now, the huge concourse will both unify the station, so that passengers can access all platforms from one place, and link the areas north and south of the station for the first time. Both the concourse and tunnels will be home to more than 6,500sq m of retail space – 10 times more than before. Shops such as Paperchase, Marks & Spencer, TM Lewin, Tesco and the jeweller Alex Monroe are already there, Cath Kidston and Hamleys have now opened their doors, Mac Cosmetics, Rituals, Ted Baker and The Body Shop have operated since the spring and local enterprises are moving into the affordable workspaces. Such provision for retail is not just for the benefit of shoppers – Network Rail made

PICTURED: The new station concourse at London Bridge (pictured); the residential-led Shard Place scheme (right) and projections for the Science Gallery (opposite).

£750 million from its shops last year. Of course, the tall and twinkling jewel in London Bridge’s crown is The Shard, the tallest building in Europe and now fully let. This 95-storey, 310m-tall vertical city – with its 36 lifts, 11,000 glass panels and 320km of wiring – is home to 13 storeys of apartments, 19 storeys of the five-star Shangri La hotel, three storeys of high-end restaurants and bars, and 27 storeys of office space, for companies from Al Jazeera to Tiffany, as well as London’s highest public viewing gallery. Such is the gravitational pull of this shining star on the South Bank that new developments are crowding into its orbit. Four new mixed-used developments along St Thomas Street, such as New City Court, Capital House, Beckett House and Vinegar Yard are all in the planning stages, to fit into the jigsaw of the new London Bridge Plan, part of a borough-wide strategy prioritising identity, economy and partnerships. Exemplifying all four of those criteria is London Bridge Quarter, by the Sellar Group. Dominated at its centre by The Shard itself, the 232,257sq m development also includes the 55,740sq m News building, completed in 26 issue 19 summer 2018

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2014. Under construction is Shard Place, a 26-storey residential building by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, due to complete in 2019. Comprising 23,876sq m of housing in 148 apartments , many with internal winter gardens, the building will knit private housing and retail with more than 1,200sq m of public realm, with not only a roof garden but also a set of Spanish steps linking the soon-tocome Science Gallery and Guys Courtyard to the station. Calling itself a ‘space where science and art collide’, the £12 million Science Gallery London is part of the Global Science Gallery Network, which will see eight galleries open or in development by 2020. Each gallery will provide its home city with a platform for live research and experimentation, exposing local communities to unexpected and surprising exhibitions and inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers. Work started in 2016 to transform Boland House, one of the wings of the 18th century Guy’s Hospital on St Thomas’ Street, into the Science Gallery. It will act as the front door to the Guys Campus of Kings College, part of the University of London, and be fronted by a new public square, previously an unlovable car park, to rival the Royal Academy and Somerset House. More than 300,000 visitors are expected each year. When it opens later in 2018, the gallery will include 500sq m of exhibition space, a 150-seat theatre, flexible meeting spaces, a cafe and a shop. Entry will be free, it is funded by the Wellcome Collection, and exhibitions are open to all, with a focus on engaging young people in science. The project is being coordinated by Guys and St Thomas’s Trust and Hospital and Kings College, and is part of the London Bridge Campus masterplan, a major 185,806sq m redevelopment of the campus over the next 25 years, creating a clinical research educational medical zone. Daniel Glaser, director of the Science Gallery, says: “The gallery will deliver part of Kings’ commitment to being a civic university in the heart of the city to strengthen research by forging interdisciplinary relationships between artists and sciences. It will bring a world-leading engagement space to the area, which will strengthen London Bridge as a destination.” This idea of the London Bridge area as a destination, as well as a transport hub, is crucial to its strategy. Southwark Council wants the transformation to be seen as ‘an opening up’ of the station, to the theatres, markets, shops, hospital facilities, university buildings, hotels, offices and the homes in other communities beyond the area. southwarkmagazine.com

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By creating an ever-stronger destination for culture, commerce and enterprise, the local authority belives it will open opportunities to everyone in the borough. One of the area’s cultural attractions, the Southwark Playhouse, will be moving back into the atmospheric station arches, after being temporarily relocated during the works. And it’s not the only theatre in the area. The 900-seat Bridge Theatre, on the river by Tower Bridge, forms the heart of Berkeley Homes’ One Tower Bridge development. So, why did the theatre choose London Bridge as its destination?

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THIS PAGE: The Bridge Theatre (above); Tower Bridge Magistrates’ court, soon to be a hotel, and Shard Place (top right).

PROJECTS AT A GLANCE SCIENCE GALLERY • Set out over 2,000sq m • A target of 300,000 visitors per year • To feature a landscaped courtyard • Development cost:£12 million, raised from Wellcome Trust (£3 million), Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (£4 million) and Shard Funding (£5 million) • Practical completion now achieved LONDON BRIDGE STATION • Refurbishment of the station features over 6,500sq m of retail • 18 new retail units opened in 2016. The remaining 55 units will open in 2018 • All units vary in size from 18.5sq m to more than 370,000sq m • Southwark Playhouse to relocate back to the station in 2018

SHARD PLACE • Developer: Sellar Property Group • Architect: Renzo Piano • A 26-storey residential-led mixed-use scheme, with public realm improvements • 148 apartments • 1,800sq m of flexible retail space • Hard and soft landscaping • New routes connecting to the station • Completion date is spring 2020 TOWER BRIDGE MAGISTRATES’ COURT AND POLICE STATION • A redevelopment by Dominvs Group • A conversion of listed building with prison cells into 193-bed boutique hotel • New build extension to the rear • Located near Tate Modern art gallery • Due to open in autumn 2018

Director Nick Starr explains: “We were knocked out by the space – like an aircraft hanger sunk into the ground – and the potential to have a large comfortable foyer with one of the best views in the world. “People asked us, ‘do you think people will come to this location?’ But they asked that about the National Theatre when it opened on the South Bank in the 1970s. Where would you prefer to be, jostled on the narrow pavements of Shaftesbury Avenue, or facing Potters Fields Park? The credit should go to Southwark. They’ve had a vision for cultural use of the site for 20 years.” The area has become such a destination that the market for hotel rooms has blossomed. Spending the night in the cells will take on a whole new meaning, with one option for overnight guests soon to be The Dixon, a four-star, 193-bedroom conversion of the beautiful Tower Bridge Magistrates’ court and police station. Another vital aspect of ‘opening’ the area to the rest of the borough, is ensuring local residents and businesses can benefit from its commercial success. Initiatives are run by companies including EmploySE1 and GoodPeople, which partnered with The Shard developer the Sellar Group to devise a social impact recruitment programme, connecting talented unemployed residents with local employers looking for high-calibre, local staff. A total of 447 previously unemployed Southwark residents were placed in sustainable jobs across London Bridge Quarter, through a series of masterclasses, events and work placements. Michael Baker, CEO of The Shard’s management company REM, says: “From the outset, we have been committed to ensuring The Shard will make a positive contribution to its surrounding community,” while Nick Wolff, principal strategy officer at Southwark Council, comments: “These numbers represent real, positive impacts on the lives of Southwark residents. We can celebrate the achievements of this project in supporting local people to access economic benefits from the London Bridge Quarter development.”

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Southwark is marked out by its distinctive and diverse areas such as Peckham, Camberwell, Elephant and Castle and London Bridge – each with its own varied history, striking architecture, cultural offer and enterprising community, reflected by a range of festivals across the summer months. Suruchi Sharma reports IN THE YEAR 1855, the parish of Camberwell fell into disrepute. The local fair, which had existed for 600 years, was shut down by the authorities because of “immoral and riotous behaviour”, leaving a hole in the cultural landscape of Southwark. But in 2015, Andre Marmot was the architect of the fair’s resurrection when, supported by Southwark Council and Arts Council England, he and a team of volunteers brought it back to life. Doing so was a quirk of fate. André Marmot, a Camberwell resident and director

of Brixton-based record label Wormfood, explains: “When we decided to call the event Camberwell Fair we had no idea there had been something with this name more than 150 years ago. We knew nothing at all about the history of the fair and it became one of those magical pieces of synchronicity where you do something for a reason and it becomes meaningful.” The fair’s in good company. It is rare to find a neighbourhood not represented by some sort of arts or community festival and

it is through the work of volunteers such as Marmot that these events are successful. Planned for 1 September, Camberwell Fair will feature a market, live music, food, drinks and games. Marmot has run stages at music festivals including Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury and is confident of the fair’s continued success. He is also adamant that it should belong to the “proud” community of Camberwell: “I wanted to bring some of my expertise into a different setting, because there are many people who just can’t afford to

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go to music festivals, concerts and even club nights. For us to do something free, in the daytime, open to everyone and in our local area, was just an amazing opportunity.” In recent years, the fair has received a helping hand through funding from Southwark Council’s High Street Challenge scheme, which involved working with local businesses, community groups and music acts, who then share what they have to offer at the annual event. Marmot is passionate about the next chapter in the fair’s history and (funding permitting), wants to appoint an engagement officer to put on community events throughout the year. He adds: “We flare up around summer and then we disappear. We want to be active through the southwarkmagazine.com

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year to do regular events. What is exciting is we are in a position where we know many local groups and if people come to us for support, we can direct them to someone who can help them develop their ideas.” With Marmot connecting people through culture in Camberwell, artist Caroline Wright has a similar goal in Nunhead. Six years ago, she helped to create Nunhead Art Trail. Having taken part in Dulwich Artists’ Open House in 2010, Wright decided to create an event for Nunhead, receiving funding for the first two years of the project from Southwark Council and the Mayor’s Fund. The trail allows poets, musicians, painters and dancers to showcase work in their homes, studios and public venues.

PICTURED: Southwark’s summer festivals include Camberwell Fair (opposite and above left) and Dulwich Park Fair (above, top and middle); Dulwich Festival features the work of talented local artists such as Julia McKenzie (above).

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Influenced by local festivals elsewhere, Wright spotted a gap in Nunhead to help local emerging and experienced artists shine. Almost 100 artists were involved in 2017 and Wright hopes to emulate that during the weekend of 29-30 September this year. She adds: “It is always a slightly nerve-wracking time because we think maybe we won’t get the numbers or the extraordinary artists we don’t know about

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suddenly appearing on our email. So we never know what is going to happen, which is the interesting bit really.” Wright says it is “very exciting” when the artists contact them and want to take part. “Last year we had a photographer who opened up his flat and we later learned he had been hesitant about doing so,” she adds. “He did eventually take the plunge and was successful as the feedback he got from people seeing his work was good. “When we started, it was lovely to see people out on the streets walking around with our brochure in their hands, and the feedback was they enjoyed seeing parts of Nunhead they would not normally visit.” Encouraging the community to explore their area is an ambition shared by Jordana Leighton, co-director of Peckham Festival. Established in 2016, the popular annual occasion is similar to Nunhead Art Trail in that it aims to champion creativity. The event takes place from 14-16 September in 2018 and will feature art displays, written and spoken word performances and live music. Leighton says: “The reason we exist is to help bring the community together and we very much have a platform where anyone can get in touch and say they want to work on a certain project. “We help with the details, asking whether they have a venue, lend them support, and make their event or workshop as great as possible to reach as many people. The onus is on the person to make it happen, so it is about giving people a sense of creative control.” Leighton was working for Camberwell Arts Festival when Southwark Council asked her to southwarkmagazine.com

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join forces with the arts community based in the Copeland Park venue to start the festival. After the 2016 event was deemed a success, organisers were “flooded” with people wanting to be involved last year. Leighton adds: “We have a number of really successful, creative businesses in Peckham and particularly up near the Old Kent Road on the Bermondsey border. It is an area we are trying to open up to people, as some of the most exciting, creative things happening in London are going on there. For instance, the Christmas lights in Regent Street are manufactured in Peckham, but people don’t know that.” Leighton also praises the strong sense of community: “I think even people who have

newly arrived in Peckham feel a sense of pride in the area, and want to help contribute to the success and not take that for granted.” Helping people feel a sense of belonging is something vice chairman of Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Joseph Bonner, wants to encourage. He is running The Great Get Together Bankside on 24 June, which is one of a host of street parties around the UK being held for a second year. The nationwide event is inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a far-right terrorist in 2016. It aims to bring communities closer together through music, dancing, food and fun, celebrating Cox’s legacy, personified by her opinion that “we have more in common than that which divides us”. Bankside’s event last year, attended by around 4,500 people, took on greater significance in the wake of the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks. Bonner says last year’s event was organised at short notice and he was overwhelmed by the positive response. “One of the great joys was almost everyone wanted to help,” he says. “People were very much in reflective mode then because the event came just after the attacks, which had an impact on people. It was probably the first time they came out

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again to be with neighbours in a positive and significant way. One of the abiding memories I have is of people smiling, enjoying the spectacle and the wonderful atmosphere.” The hopes are The Great Get Together Bankside in the Union Street area will become a “lasting legacy”. Bonner adds: “We would love to be able to say afterwards that we have helped people make connections with others they wouldn’t ordinarily meet.” Serendipitously, the Great Get Together overlaps with the MERGE festival, an annual arts, music and performance programme that draws upon the heritage of the Bankside area and runs from 8 June to 1 July. MERGE began life in 2011 and is curated by local not-for-profit art production company Illuminate Productions. Each year the festival works with artists to produce unique installations in disused buildings or

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public spaces. Local people are still talking about the Melting House, a wax building which melted over the course of a month, and Drive Dead Slow, an installation using dodgem cars roving through an old disused fire station. Creative director Caroline Jones says: “At that time, the regeneration of the area was rapid. The aim was to bring together locals and new business through the arts, while also celebrating Bankside’s rich history, making cultural projects accessible for the local community, Londoners and visitors. We observe the public’s needs and look to brighten up everyday lives.” The Blackfriars Stories project was set up by Southwark Council, working with local residents in 2014 to celebrate the important history and diversity of the neighbourhood. One of this year’s events, called Carry on Merry Making, is incorporated into 34 issue 19 summer 2018

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SOUTHWARK FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 2018 MAY 11-20 — Dulwich Festival 20 — London Pizza Festival 27 — GALA Peckham Rye JUNE 8–1 July — MERGE Festival 16–24 — Camberwell Arts Festival 24 — The Great Get Together Bankside

THIS PAGE: Runners in Burgess Park (top) and new gym equipment with views of The Shard in Mint Street Park (bottom).

MERGE 2018 and features a series of visual installations and live events to celebrate the local history of the first ever circus, the Blackfriars Rotunda and Southwark Fair. There will be circus acts, “laughter workshops” and a “merry zone” to cheer up passers-by. City Hunt was originally part of the Blackfriars Stories programme that celebrated the rich history of Blackfriars and has now extended to Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey. Developed by local social enterprise Ugly Duck, City Hunt is a groupfriendly digital treasure hunt, which allows visitors of all ages to discover the hidden culture and heritage of the area. Pride in local history is also one of the driving forces behind Dulwich Festival, which is celebrating its 25th year with 10 days of live music, art, guided walks, heritage talks and food, culminating in the Dulwich Park Fair, which took place on 20 May. Director Alpha Hopkins says: “The festival seeks to offer a broad range of events to suit all tastes and pockets and the hope is by having a number of free and low-cost events we can make it accessible to all sections of the community. “We are working with the Southwark Young Ambassadors to alert more young people to events in the festival. Dulwich and the surrounding area has an incredible history and we are lucky that through the efforts of previous generations it has a number of beautiful open spaces and is home to a wealth of creative individuals.” Some Southwark festivals have been running for years. Elefest began in 2002 in southwarkmagazine.com

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Elephant and Castle and the festival’s director Rob Wray has organised the event since its inception, working hard to keep it going for 16 years. He says: “At the start there was a perception from people outside the area that there wasn’t much going on culturally, and originally it was created to just put a line down to say there is creativity here. The festival has changed a lot over time, as originally it was celebrating local creativity and trying to challenge outsider perceptions. As the area has changed, the perceptions have altered a lot, and it is now about getting the local community out to celebrate the area.” The free event in Castle Square and Elephant Park will be on 22 September. In 2017, it featured live music, a market, children’s storytelling, guided walks and an outdoor cinema. Elefest’s tagline is “celebrating the past, present and future of the Elephant” and this sums up Wray’s feelings about the event: “You either end up getting caught up in nostalgia or forgetting the past. It is a fine line between the two things, but ultimately we’re just trying to put on an event that celebrates an important part of the city,” he says. “We want to put across that it is more than a shopping centre and two roundabouts – we are trying to celebrate a community.” Down the road, Carnaval del Pueblo has for more than two decades been striving to increase awareness of Latin American culture, language and customs. Director Nuala Riddell-Morales says: “The area around Elephant and Castle is generally known as the Latin quarter, so it is the first port of call for people from Latin America. There is a hive of industry there for any service or product that

June-August — London Bridge City Summer Festival June-October — Blackfriars Stories JULY 14 — Rotherhithe Festival AUGUST 5 — Plaza Latina SEPTEMBER 1 — Camberwell Fair 14–16 — Peckham Festival 22 — Elefest (pictured above left) 29–30 — Nunhead Art Trail

people want from that continent. We really exist to explore and reveal the Latin American culture that is present in London.” During the first Sunday in August 2019, the organisation hopes to host the Plaza Latina event, which for the first time could be held at Burgess Park, with street food, artists from Latin America and live music. RiddellMorales says: “I have always enjoyed helping to bridge the gap. I think whoever you are and whatever stage you are at in your life, if you get involved with the music, dance and the food of this culture and this festival, then your life is going to be much richer for it.” This is the positive message from all of Southwark’s diverse communities – that using culture and the arts not only binds people together, but helps spread compassion and fosters creativity. issue

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who has grown up with traditional street markets. Markets are deeply woven into the tapestry of English culture and nowhere is that more true than here in London. They are far more than a place to do your shopping – they are places where people meet and talk.” Local markets are the beating heart of Southwark’s high streets and the council says it is committed to supporting traders to ensure they can thrive in what can be a difficult financial climate. It is also an imperative for the local authority that markets complement and work with – not against – other local shopping areas. The council claims it is one of only a few in London investing and expanding its markets – and with more than 250 in London, selling everything from fruit and veg to plastic toys, antiques, jewellery, flowers and clothes, it is clear that their popularity is in no danger of decline. But it is the current trend for food markets in particular which has taken the capital by storm – and the jewel in the London crown is the oldest and most famous of the lot; Borough Market in Southwark. Having existed for around 1,000 years, the tourist destination is today home to 112 traders, ranging from farmers and artisan producers to specialist merchants. Borough Market’s continued success is attributed by its managing director, Darren Henaghan, to the fact it has always been about quality. “Provenance led food and drink with a genuine and strong story, always underpinned with sustainability at the heart,” he claims. “We’re clear on who we are and what we stand for, and we work with traders who share those same values. Some of them have been at the market since it shifted from a wholesale to retail operation about 20 years ago. We have a good mix of established traders, as well as newer businesses.” When asked how important the market is to the local area, Henaghan doesn’t hesitate: “vital.” He explains: “It brings people together from all walks of life to exchange knowledge as well as produce. “Many of our traders are primary producers and their knowledge of the product, recommendations on using it and ideas on what pairs well with it, allow our customers to understand where their food has come from. In an age where shopping can be done in a very automated way without engaging with anyone, markets are the antithesis of this. That can be a real lifeline for city-dwelling folk who live alone.” Unsurprisingly for such a longstanding market place, Borough has a strong community spirit, something demonstrated when the market was caught up in the London Bridge terrorist attack in June

THIS PAGE: Borough Market is high on the agenda for tourists in London, who come to enjoy food stalls and shops selling lovingly made produce.

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2017. Henaghan says: “At a time of trauma, the response of all the people here – staff, traders, neighbours, regular shoppers and occasional visitors – offered clear affirmation that this isn’t just a place of commerce; it is a community, bound by friendships and a clear sense of belonging.” The sense of place and community that markets cultivate is vital in a big city such as London. A string of markets along Bankside’s Low Line development are opening up the public realm along the railway arches. Flat Iron Square is the first completed unit of the project. It offers a collection of street food kitchens, food trucks and restaurants, as well as being the location of music venue Omeara and hosting a weekend flea market. According to Neil Benson, Flat Iron Square’s commercial director, location is

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everything: “Where we are in Southwark, in the heart of Bankside, is essential to us. We are at the centre of the Low Line and want to be the hottest spot along it. “This site has a history of music. There used to be a club in one of the arches, and the plan was to create a site for eating, drinking and music – sort of an urban festival, but we do it 365 days. We don’t want to be just another food market, we want to do something slightly different.” The 3,716sq m site combines Omeara, managed by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons fame, with a bar and 14 food vendors. Benson believes it is important that Flat Iron Square gives back to its residents: “The market is actively involved in local charity work. It’s great to give back to the community and build a place in people’s hearts,” he says. Mercato Metropolitano is passionate about offering a range of activities and entertainment options. Spread around 4,180sq m in Elephant and Castle, the venue currently hosts a gym, backyard cinema, cookery school, live music and craft market under one roof. Hungry office workers in the locality mix with visitors in the early evenings, sampling wares from different corners of the world, gathered around cosy tables in the evenings while listening to live jazz music. The site was chosen specifically because it was located in an area undergoing regeneration. Mercato Metropolitano’s founder Andrea Rasca explains: “When we first came to London, we fell in love with the vibrancy of Elephant and Castle’s community. We definitely are not just a food market. Education and creating awareness of what real food should taste like is part of our mission. We promote craftsmanship and help small producers develop their businesses, acting as an incubator for start-ups. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: we also provide free community classes and have an upcycled double decker bus showcasing a hydroponic growing system. “However, the market is the core of our community. It provides revenue that allows us to develop all of our projects and connect with as many people in the community as possible.” Druid Street Market was set up in the summer of 2015 by Tony McKinlay and Miranda York, when McKinlay saw an opportunity to create a trade-based food market giving customers the opportunity to buy produce direct. He explains: “People want to see the brewer brewing the beer and talk to the man who made their cheese. It’s all about that contact with the person who’s making the product. It’s a very old-school way of doing things really, but it’s seen as a modern way of working and that’s absolutely our niche; to 40 issue 19 summer 2018

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provide an opportunity for young businesses to put themselves in front of some of the most discerning customers. It’s all about the contacts, traders might meet the buyer from Waitrose at our market and that‘s the holy grail in this business.” Question marks hang over the future of the market on Druid Street and McKinlay is currently in talks with Southwark Council and Team London Bridge about a possible move to Holyrood Street. Consultation was under way as Southwark went to press. But the market has reinvigorated the old railway arches and McKinlay claims it’s early days at this end of the Low Line. “Don’t worry, we’ll be beating the drum for it,” he says. “Our location has been vital in terms of attracting the profile of customers; so close to London Bridge and in zone one. Druid Street Market is tiny, it punches above its weight in terms of profile - our traders have been covered in the New York Times.” Although there were problems with residents complaining about visitors to the brewery behaving irresponsibly, McKinlay spent a lot of time talking to residents to find a solution. He believes in the need for markets: “They are absolutely about breathing life into an area and in general they offer good value. The great thing about markets is the colour, conversation and human contact.” Druid Street is complemented by nearby Maltby Street Market. Open since 2010, this site utilises the cavernous railway arches, which house a range of traditional fresh produce shops: butchers, bakers, greengrocers, cheesemongers and tea and coffee shops. The street is also lined with traders presenting a colourful array of hot and cold food ready to eat, the only problem being what to choose. The sociable aspect of these food markets has been maximised at Canada Water’s Hawker House Market, where Street Feast has installed a food market with nine regular traders operating Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm. Jonathan Downey, CEO of Street Feast, says: “We were offered a big disused space in an easy-to-get-to part of town and liked the idea of doing something on a massive scale. It has been very successful, we’ve created a new night out for the younger crowd who don’t necessarily want fine dining, but do want good food.” Southwark Council currently runs eight permanent markets and is trying to encourage new and younger traders. The council’s markets department have been working with Love Your Local Market on a scheme. The plan is to offer a pitch for £10, so young people who think they might want to set up a stall can try it out and see how it works before committing and shelling out lots issue

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CANADA WATER Developer British Land has entered into a master development agreement with Southwark Council to develop a new 21-ha urban centre at Canada Water, marking an official commitment to deliver the project. The local authority and developer are pooling land ownerships for the delivery of around 3,000 new homes, up to 20,000 jobs, significant improvements to the public realm and a new council leisure centre. An outline planning application has been lodged. There is also an intention to secure the council’s future options for benefiting from the proceeds of growth at Canada Water. The agreement covers the area’s three main sites – Printworks, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and the Mast Leisure Centre – but can be expanded to include other sites. A provisional agreement exists for the former Rotherhithe Police Station and Old Dock Office – and potentially the Canada Water basin – as part of the plan. The first phase of the scheme will see 35% of homes designated as affordable, of which 70% will be available at social rents and 30% for intermediate renting. The council will have the first option to buy homes for social rent and will let these as council homes, available at council rents on the borough’s normal tenancy terms. Affordable housing proportions in future phases of the project will be subject to viability reviews. The agreement also sees the council increase its land holdings at Canada Water to include taking over 20% of the Mast Leisure Park from British Land and taking 20% ownership of the whole development. Southwark Council will have the option, as each development plot comes forward, to either invest in that plot to maintain its ownership, sell its interest, or retain the council’s interest in the land, but not invest in the plot concerned. This mechanism would enable the council to benefit from anticipated increases in rents and capital receipts as the development is built, receiving income to support its capital programme or invest into services as it chooses. Southwark’s cabinet also endorsed the masterplan on which British Land consulted and which secured broad local support. This does not in itself affect grants of planning permission for the development, which will be subject to the normal statutory planning process. Other highlights in the masterplan include a proposed leisure centre to replace the Seven Islands venue, which will take up the ground and basement of an office building. southwarkmagazine.com

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THIS PAGE: Albion school, Rotherhithe (right), has been expanded; the Charter School (below), will move to East Dulwich in 2019.

SCHOOLS EXPANSION Southwark has high demand for primary school places and 11 new schools have been remodelled or renewed as part of the council’s primary expansion programme, with more due to open during this year and further expansions planned. The council has completed expansion works at its Albion, Grange, Charles Dickens, Phoenix, Robert Browning, Bellenden Crawford, Keyworth, Belham and Ivydale schools, including, for example at the latter, a new building to permit a four-form entry system accommodating 300 more pupils than in previous years. A new extension at Keyworth has enabled the school to double its capacity from 1.5 to two forms of entry, as well as to provide a new teaching block for nursery aged children in September 2017. Grange saw its new teaching block and refurbishment completed in the following month. The schools development programme is split between construction contractors Morgan Sindall and Galliford Try, which will deliver 1,155 new school places Cherry Garden special educational needs school is due to be completed in autumn

2018 and Bellenden School moved into its new buildings during the half term week of February 2018. Robert Browning School’s extension has been in use since October 2017 but its external landscaping was also completed for use in February this year. Attention is now turning to the provision of secondary school places. The Charter School will move to its new site in January 2019, by which time the first phase of the works will have completed. It will be an eight-form entry secondary school with a sixth form, catering for 1,800 pupils in East Dulwich. Since opening in September 2016, it has been based on the former LeSoCo site in Camberwell, until its new home is ready. In October 2017, the ground floor of the new school was completed and this will be followed by completion of its concrete frame. The school is part of the Charter Schools Educational Trust, which also runs the Charter School North Dulwich. Southwark Council is additionally working up proposals for new buildings at Rotherhithe School and the SIL3 pupil referral unit in north Peckham.

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THIS PAGE: The expanded Crawford School in Camberwell (left); work on the special educational needs Cherry Garden school (below) will be completed this year; Ivydale school in Nunhead (bottom) has also been expanded.

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SOUTHWARK REGENERATION IN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME Southwark has the country’s largest programme to revive council homebuilding, combined with investment to bring existing council homes up to a decent standard and using the planning system to secure the second highest number of new affordable homes of any council in England. Its objective is to deliver 11,000 new council homes by 2043, through in-fill development on existing estates, purchases from developers and building on land the council owns through the Southwark Regeneration in Partnership Programme, divided into two ‘lots’, A and B. This scheme was agreed in 2015 and sees the council package under-utilised or redundant sites, which it says will create new investment opportunities. The idea is that by working in partnership with developers, the council will be able to make more efficient use of sites to capitalise on their value, for example when adjacent sites can be combined for a larger scheme. Lot A is being procured in conjunction with the Official Journal of the European Union, where high-value public sector tenders must be published, with the council in the process of shortlisting developers from the initial invitation to tender (ITT) on all the five sub lots for the final ITT stage. Approximately 381 units will be delivered across five sub-lots for Lot A, with a mixture of social rented, intermediate rented and market sales tenures. Fifty-six apartments of mixed affordability tenure are proposed at Manor Place in a six-storey building above a retained Victorian facade, which will house a pharmacy, health centre and cafe. Planning permission has been granted for the Braganza Street development of 33 homes in a mixture of flats, maisonettes and houses contained in five blocks of between three-and five storeys, four of which would be set around a central garden courtyard.

Other proposed sites include 26 housing units at the Civic Centre on Albion Street and 50 units on the land adjacent to Albion Primary School; 43 units at Southwark Park Road; 50 units at the Cherry Garden School site and 95 units on the Beormund School site at Long Lane, as well as a new school to replace the current institution. The procurement process is due to complete by the end of June 2018 and awarding individual contracts by July. The delivery of the 10-site Lot B package was awarded to Clarion Housing Group and will be located in the south of the borough. In total, Lot B will deliver over 600 new homes, with more than half of these to be designated as affordable. Clarion earlier this year took over the council’s Copeland Road car park where it will build 67 homes – 24 for the council, 18 for intermediate rent and 25 for private sale. Another development will see the landlord develop the Flaxyard site at Sumner Road for 120 homes; 98 of which will be new council homes. It will refurbish Sumner House to provide 48 new homes for private sale. The Old Kent Road petrol station site will be transformed into 24 new homes, with 13 earmarked for the council and 11 for private sale. Planning permission has been obtained for improvements to the public realm and the entrance to Pasley Park, which requires demolition of an office building and derelict row of shops and flats above them. Clarion will shortly be submitting Parkhouse Street site warehouse plans for approval to planning in the summer, which will be demolished to provide a five-storey building for commercial use and a sevenstorey one for 33 mixed-tenure homes. It is working towards submitting a planning application later this year for the Wyndham Road and Redcar Street site, where 124 homes could be provided.

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WOODDENE Wooddene is a new development near Queen’s Road Peckham station by social landlord Notting Hill Genesis and built by contractor Higgins Construction. It will offer a range of one-to-three bedroom homes to regenerate a site that was formerly a 1960s concrete build estate. The 333 homes will be served by an on-site energy centre while a 33 metre-tall lattice chimney structure, which will replace the site’s existing white chimney. Both the energy centre and chimney will additionally serve the nearby Acorn estate. The project is due for completion in January 2020.

THIS PAGE: The Wooddene site will see more than 330 new homes built near Queen’s Road Peckham station.

CAMBERWELL TOWN CENTRE The council has approved plans for improvements to Camberwell town centre and the provision of four ‘pocket places’ at Wren Road, Selborne Road, Artichoke Place, and Grove Lane. Its objectives are to improve public areas to complement surrounding projects, encourage walking and cycling, increase greenery and – where possible – to install sustainable drainage systems. Parking spaces will be retained as part of the proposals. The projects are expected to cost £2.5 million with the town centre works southwarkmagazine.com

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being valued at £1.7 million and the pocket places £800,000. Camberwell is a popular shopping destination and the location of many wellused services, including a library, college, two hospitals, a magistrates’ court, and Camberwell Green. It is also well connected, being sited on a major crossroads and serving as an important bus interchange. Southwark Council is intending to resolve the conflict of vehicles and pedestrians vying for space to make the area easier for all to use. issue

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BERMONDSEY BISCUIT FACTORY Where once Peek Frean’s biscuits were made, a new development of more than 1,300 homes may soon arise. Developer Grosvenor has submitted a planning application for the former biscuit factory (right) at Clements Road in Bermondsey, which closed in 1989. It hopes to build up to 1,343 homes for rent, a 600-place secondary school, more than 10,000sq m of office space and a similar amount for retail, leisure, community and catering uses. These would stand within more than 20,000sq m of improved public realm and play space, connecting the new neighbourhood with its surroundings. Grosvenor proposes in all a £500 million investment, which it believes would bring 2,500 jobs and help revitalise the economy of Bermondsey and The Blue area. Three quarters of respondents to a consultation on the final proposals expressed support, and only 9% did not, with the rest said to be neutral. Elsewhere in Bermondsey, the council is working with social landlord Hyde Group at Bermondsey Spa to deliver more than 2,000 new homes, of which 40% are earmarked as affordable, together with two health centres, 2.5ha of open space and new officers for the council and Southwark Primary Care Trust.

EAST DULWICH HOSPITAL The East Dulwich Hospital project is intended to provide a new primary school and community healthcare centre as well as a secondary school (see page 48). Health facilities to be provided include general practitioners, a pharmacy, outpatient services and support for people with longterm conditions – or who are older – and require such services as diabetes specialist nurses, foot care, dietetics, hypertension and stroke rehabilitation. The services to be offered and the building’s design have been agreed and planning permission granted. It is expected that construction work will be completed by December 2019, with the public scheduled to start using the centre in March 2020. 52 issue 19 summer 2018

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BUILDING CONTROL SOLUTIONS Whether you’re building a dwelling extension or a complex skyscraper, Southwark Council’s building control team can help you. ► We have dedicated and experienced building control surveyors ► We provide advice and support for our clients and design teams ► We take the complexity out of the technical ► We promote and support innovative design solutions Stephen Rizzo Head of building control 020 7525 5588 Simon Harvey Group manager 020 7525 5586 Bruce Paige Group manager 020 7525 5052 building.control @southwark.gov.uk

Albion School images by Hufton and Crow

Southwark’s regional winners in the 2017 LABC London Building Excellence Awards were the Guys Cancer Centre and South Bank Tower projects.

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KEEPING IT LOCAL Plans are afoot for a major retail scheme on the South Bank and a growing number of independent shops, bars and restaurants are emerging in previously overlooked areas of Southwark. The borough’s retail renaissance is not only boosting the local economy, but helping to transform the reputation and allure of its contrasting and intriguing hotspots. Shailja Morris visits the key areas

BOROUGH YARDS The transformation of one of Southwark’s most historic areas continues at a robust pace, as retailers and leisure firms sign up to be part of redevelopment on the doorstep of Borough Market, perhaps the most famous foodie destination in London (see page 38). Borough Yards will be set on a 1.21-ha site, formerly home to the wine-tasting venue Vinopolis, as well as adjacent plots spanning the railway arches from London Bridge. On completion in 2020, it will boast more than 10,680sq m of shops and leisure space, as well as over 6,500sq m dedicated to office space. Leading the project is real estate investment manager, Meyer Bergman, which estimates the project will bring over 1,200 jobs to the area. Meyer Bergman consulted extensively with Southwark Council, residents and stakeholders, to ensure the scheme makes a positive contribution to the area’s

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THIS PAGE: Regenerating Dirty Lane, an Elizabethan street near Borough Yards; Nunhead’s annual arts trail (below); Rat Race Cycles, also in Nunhead (below right).

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regeneration, while still respecting its history. Meyer Bergman’s CEO, Markus Meijer, explains: “The area’s authenticity makes it appealing to visitors, residents and businesses and Borough Yards will be entirely in keeping with Borough’s historic and artisan character.” And the project will offer more than just a nod to the past. The centuries-old cobbled pedestrian thoroughfare, Dirty Lane, will be re-established, while two industrial areas from Elizabethan times are set to be reintroduced – Clink Yard and Soap Yard. The regeneration of Borough has arguably been faster than in any other neighbourhood in central London, attracting billions of pounds of investment in the last five years. The renovation of London Bridge (see page 25) will almost double the station’s annual capacity to 90 million passengers, while Borough Market attracts at least 16 million visitors each year. Meijer adds: “What struck us as surprising was how the area is underserved in terms of retail and leisure. The offer has not evolved with the transformation of this historic part of Southwark. “There is little choice for locals or tourists to buy anything other than essentials or gourmet produce. About £20 million is spent daily on retail and leisure by bank card alone in the London Bridge area. The local Business Improvement District calculates that 56% of all spending is on food, with just 19% on other forms of retail. That’s unusually low for a central London location and it is a large gap that needs filling.” Meijer sets out big ambitions for the project: “When it opens in 2020, Borough Yards will account for just over 40% of the area’s retail and leisure offering,” he says.

The pre-leasing of space began in November 2017 and Meyer Bergman has already signed up Everyman Cinema and flexible workspace provider The Office Group. With demolition complete, restoration work on the Victorian railway arches is now under way. Construction of the new office building and cinema will start in May 2018.

NUNHEAD Nestling between Peckham in the north and Dulwich in the south, Nunhead is perhaps a lesser known neighbour. However, funding projects in recent years, such as the £1.2 million Love Nunhead initiative, have helped create a fully fledged retail community and an architectural gem of a community centre. Pete Owen, who owns local bicycle shop Rat Race Cycles, explains how Love Nunhead has reinvigorated the area: “As well as bringing physical improvements, such as smartening up shop fronts and unifying the look of the area, it seems to have brought the community together more. “People walk around Nunhead and events are held in the community centre and on the green. There’s a community spirit here. When a local florist from AG Flowers recently retired, Nunhead Community Choir sang outside her shop. We are almost all independent retailers along Evelina Road. Each shop has its own character and we know and support each other.” When Nunhead’s community centre, The Green, was closed last year due to a leaky roof, meetings were held in The Old Nun’s Head pub and the Salvation Army hall. “Thanks to the goodwill of the community we were able to shift almost all centre activities to other

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Retail THIS PAGE: Rat Records (below) in Camberwell is a haven for music lovers; GX Gallery (bottom) showcases the work of local Camberwell artists.

EACH SHOP HAS ITS OWN CHARACTER AND WE KNOW AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER

venues”, says Jasmin Bukic, the community centre’s manager. “In fact, charities like Nunhead Voice, led by Cris Claridge, were instrumental in setting it up and running it. It’s a great resource and we’re trying to bring more voluntary services here instead of people having to travel into other areas.” In spite of the changes to Nunhead’s businesses and public spaces, time seems to stand still at the longstanding Ayres Bakery. With its glass counters and original floor tiles, the bakery looks the same as when John ‘Fred the Bread’ Ayre opened it in 1955. As his son, Vincent Ayre, a sixth-generation baker explains: “We’ve kept the retro look and feel and still use traditional baking methods.” The Ayre says the bakery is not just

popular with locals: “We have a couple of sought-after specialities – London Cheesecake and the kronut, but we were still very surprised when a coach-load of Japanese tourists pulled up to sample our kronuts.” He adds: “Nunhead’s a great place for independent retailers. You could easily do your weekly shop in Nunhead without considering having to go to a supermarket.” As well as the retail scene, Nunhead is home to one of London’s best-known Victorian cemeteries and holds an annual arts trail. There’s also a music scene, as luthier (a stringed instrument repairer) John Procter explains. “There are quite a few local musicians and many of the pubs hold regular open mic sessions.” Procter’s unique service brings hundreds more musicians to the area, including some well-known rock bands. He adds: “It’s feels like a community here, not a high street. You get a good feeling walking around Nunhead.”

CAMBERWELL If Camberwell were a person, it would probably be Banksy – artistic, cool and keen to retain its enigmatic edge. Incidentally, the borough’s art scene is thriving. The district has excellent public arts venues, including the GX Gallery, which showcases established and emerging artists, including alumni from Camberwell College of Art. And outside of the galleries and educational facilities, it is brimming with bars, restaurants and independent shops. One stalwart is Greek greengrocer Cruson on Camberwell Church Street. As well as fruit and veg, it sells delicious Greek cheeses and meze. Another established independent is Rat Records, a goldmine of secondhand records and a favoured destination for vinyl collectors for 20 years. Cyclists are well served by Camberwell too. The borough is on the popular Cycle Superhighway CS5 route. Sea Bass Cycles offers on-the-spot repairs and same day custom wheel builds in its extensive workshop, while Cycle PS has a licensed cafe/ bar, where people can relax while their bikes are repaired or before making a purchase. There is plenty of scope for food and drink lovers too. The Love Walk Café has a bar and deli with a quaint interior, serving great cakes and milkshakes. Meanwhile, The Daily Goods cafe offers own-brand speciality coffees, listed daily on a blackboard. Best for beer is the Stormbird bar, serving craft lagers and ales on tap, with no less than 100 different bottles behind the bar.

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THIS PAGE: Artisan goods at Romeo Jones (top); rings from Lila’s boutique (above); The Cherry Tree pub (middle); Mac & Miller ( far right); Piece of Cake Cafe (below).

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spilling across from Peckham. Its eclectic range of shops, eateries and services reflect this mix. Eccentric foodie paradise Romeo Jones stocks artisan produce from small UK growers, including deli items for dogs. There’s also a cafe and space to showcase work from local artists. Further delightful eccentricity can be found at Mrs Robinson design shop, which sells unusual giftware, homeware and soft furnishings. For more extensive home improvements, Victorian flooring experts DM Brazier & Co can tastefully replicate period flooring using salvaged or reproduction tiles. For personal makeovers, people head to Powder Cosmetic – its cult beauty products are unavailable on the high street. Lila’s jewellery boutique sells one-off pieces of

reconditioned pre-owned jewellery, vintage and contemporary. For celebrity style, you can be advised by Mac & Miller boutique’s owner, stylist Katie Greengrass, who has worked with pop stars Robbie Williams and Alesha Dixon. Younger generations will love Greens Village Toy Shop - a three-generation family business stocking everything from Lego bricks to fidget spinners. Dulwich is a foodie heaven. Family owned Piece of Cake Cafe has an adaptable menu – even jacket potatoes come with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Along Lordship Lane is Japanese restaurant, Yama Momo serving sushi and sashimi, sake and Japanese whisky, while a short walk from East Dulwich station is The Cherry Tree pub, offering locally brewed cask ales and craft beers. issue

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DESIGNED FOR LEARNING THIS PAGE: Richard Cottrell, director of Cottrell & Vermeulen (below), the practice which designed the Bellenden Primary School (right).

Huub Nieuwstadt speaks to Richard Cottrell, director of Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, about how the school projects it has carried out in Southwark are built for optimal learning in the classroom Cottrell and Vermeulen has designed a number of schools for Southwark Council. What makes the council an attractive business partner for you? We have been designing schools in Southwark for over 10 years and we are currently working on our sixth, in Bermondsey. Southwark Council maintains a high ambition for its school projects and supports and invests in good design. It is this culture of quality which has delivered exemplary schools for 20 years. The council has consistently promoted high quality architecture. Through changing times, it has invested in its school estate in both small and large projects and employed some of the country’s leading architects to create a truly outstanding family of school buildings. What are some of the challenges when designing schools in general, and Bellenden Primary School in particular? How did you overcome these? Schools are wonderful places to design in adopting a creative approach to effective learning environments. The major challenges are funding and procurement. New schools have tight budgets and cannot afford the risk of delays and overspending. This can often lead to safe and uninspiring solutions. Furthermore, contractors are often wary of creative solutions they have no experience with.

Both these issues can lead to a compromised design. We attempt to solve these problems by encouraging conversations with schools and contractors, actively promoting engagement, so that all parties understand the others’ needs, and therefore understand the benefits of a good learning environment. Southwark always helps in this process and enables these conversations, often instigating them, and directly employing us in the early stages of the design. A distinctive feature of the building is the use of colours. Could you explain why and how certain colours were used? Bright colours are rarely used on buildings. Colour is often strong but made by natural materials like bricks. When walking into any primary school, the first thing you notice is the work of the children and their amazing use of colour. This is something we wanted to emulate in the architecture. The design tries to complement its surroundings with the use of brick and shape and form of the buildings, as well as using strong primary colours to contrast and provide a strong identity. There is no reason for the use of yellow, other than it intuitively seemed to work. There are three shades of it on the gable ends and the staircases. There is one red panel, the school colour, which marks the main entrance.

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The latest edition of Southwark magazine examines the rise of food markets, the ongoing retail renaissance and the latest development projec...

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The latest edition of Southwark magazine examines the rise of food markets, the ongoing retail renaissance and the latest development projec...