Alternative Deptford – new ideas for Convoys Wharf


This looks well worth a visit – a showcase of alternative visions for the Convoys Wharf site in Deptford.

From Deptford Is…

This exhibition is a showcase for local responses to the development opportunity at Convoys Wharf, the former King’s Yard at Deptford. A large portion of this forty-acre stretch of the Thames has been closed off to the public for the last five centuries, but now it is to be developed into a new neighbourhood with a range of homes and spaces for work and play.

The King’s Yard is one of the most significant historic locations on London’s riverside: since the Royal Naval Dockyard was founded here by Henry VIII in 1513, this was the starting point of some of the greatest voyages and maritime innovations in our nation’s history.

Inspired by this wealth of heritage, local residents and designers have proposed a series of interventions which use the physical history within the site to create a dynamic environment with a strong sense of identity and local pride.

Suggestions include building a Restoration warship using a combination of traditional and modern ship-building skills, and recreating the historic garden as an innovative and productive public open space. The ideas put forward in this exhibition focus on activities which encourage collaboration between the existing community and its new residents, helping to meld the development into the vibrant neighbourhood of Deptford.

It runs from 6:30pm to 10pm on Friday, and on Saturday morning from 9:30am-noon at the Master Shipwright’s House, at the riverside end of Watergate Street.