The Deptford Project

In 2004, RSHP were appointed by The London Borough of Lewisham to develop a masterplan for the redevelopment of the Deptford station area including a new station, with an emphasis on good public space, quality housing and placemaking. This has now evolved into ‘The Deptford Project’ - one of a series of initiatives led by the Council to help regenerate the wider area – following acquisition of the scheme by Cathedral Group PLC and their partners United House.

Deptford in South East London has evolved around the High Street which has a north/south alignment. Larger public buildings are set back from the street and connected via pedestrian routes and side streets with the railway station which opened in 1830 and has formed a focal point for life in the area over nearly two centuries.  However, some of the public space surrounding the station has been eroded over the years and the area behind the station has become disconnected from the street.

The masterplan proposes a new eight-storey residential block that will sit to the west of the Grade II-listed carriage ramp as well as social housing, a new public space, market and creative workshop spaces, to create a cohesive urban quarter. The scheme aims to reinstate east/west connections between the High Street, station and surrounding area with the creation of high quality public space, re-establishing the area as a destination with a high level of pedestrian activity and a bustling street life.  Working in collaboration with the architectural practice, Ash Sakula, RSHP is responsible for the eight-storey residential development to the west of the carriage ramp, while Ash Sakula is working on the refurbishment of the ramp (which connects street level to the station), a market, new social housing, small enterprise units, and the conservation of existing buildings.

Mark Darbon, Partner - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: "Previously this large site had no public access thereby forcing people to take major detours in order travel to and from the High Street. Our scheme has opened up the site and reconnected it to the surrounding area, creating new public spaces, homes and workspaces that will help reinforce the area as a civic destination. The private residential building was conceived as a floating box, to help create an animated and accessible public space below."


Project data
Location London, England
Category Residential
Dates 2004 -
Site Area 0.7ha
Client The Deptford Project Limited (comprising Cathedral Group and United House, in association with London Borough of Lewisham)
The Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Mark Darbon, Lawrence Day, Mark Gorton, Carlos Lawrence, Andrew Morris, Louise Palomba, Luke Royffe,  Zoe Webber
Masterplanners and Lead Richard Rogers Partnership
Co-Architects Ash Sakula Architects
M&E consultant Scott Wilson
Access consultant Arup
Transport consultant Royal Haskoning
Environmental consultant PEP
Planning consultant Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners