Thursday, November 03, 2011

Deptford presents...

Deptford is... 'a group of local residents who want to ensure that the redeveloped Convoys Wharf offers the best for Deptford and its future'. Along with other local bloggers including Deptford Dame, Crosswhatfields?, London's Lost Garden and Shipwrights Palace, they are developing a formidably detailed critique of the proposals from News International and Cheung Kong to redevelop the riverfront at Deptford. They are also developing some interesting alternative ideas, and there will be an opportunity this weekend to consider and discuss some of them.

Deptford presents: Alternative visions for the King's Yard takes place on Friday 4th November (6.30pm - 10pm; presentation at 7pm) and Saturday 5th November 9.30am - midday at The Master Shipwright's House, Watergate Street, SE8 3JF. They say: '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... 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'.

It will be worth going along just to see The Master Shipwright's House if you haven't been there before, a great 18th century building next to the Convoys Wharf site. If I recall correctly, it also features as a location in the 2003 film Sylvia (starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath).

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