Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Down by the Dockyard, Something Stirs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Down by the Dockyard, Something Stirs

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Byline: Tom Lewis

ONCE the place of the Royal Dockyard, which Samuel Pepys used to visit in his capacity as clerk to the Navy Board, Deptford slipped off the radar when the old commercial docks closed in the Sixties, only to be "rediscovered" 10 years ago when developers targeted Creekside, a hidden industrial waterway running into the Thames. By this time, many of the old warehouses had been colonised by impoverished artists and craftworkers, giving Deptford a rough-and-tumble creative vibe that developers were quick to latch on to.

The banking crisis caused a development hiatus but the builders are back and are bullish about the area's prospects.

Lewisham council's redevelopment of Tidemill School on Resolution Way is bringing new-build homes plus apartments carved from the former classrooms. Alongside the school will be a community space and creative hub called Resolution Studios, providing workspace for small business and an art gallery. Above the studios will be 38 private sale flats, some for key workers. Call 020 8314 7912 or contact London & Quadrant, the main housing association operating in this area, on 0844 406 9800 (lqgroup.org.uk).

L&Q is also offering sharedownership flats at Cavatina Point, part of a major redevelopment of Greenwich Creekside. Full prices from [pounds sterling]240,000 (the minimum share that can be purchased is 40 per cent).

The Laban Centre, a leading modern dance school, has already helped put the Creekside area on the map and give it an image boost. The centre was designed by Tate Modern architect Herzog & de Meuron.

The first residential phase (242 private flats) of the new "creative quarter" are under way. Plans include a jazz venue, galleries and canalside bars and restaurants. Modern, glass architecture by Squire and Partners includes penthouse flats with river views. …

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