January 2018

Deptford Foundry: Looking back to move forward

Churchill Hui is the Employer’s Agent for Moat on an exciting London housing scheme, inspired by the heritage of its site.

Deptford Foundry in south east London is a 276-home development on the grounds of a former early 19th century metal foundry, which historically produced everything from propellers to manhole covers. The project is a celebration of creativity led by developer Anthology, and part of the wider regeneration of the area including commercial space that will be available specifically to local artists and artisans through Second Floor Studios and Arts.

The development covers the full tenure mix and Churchill Hui is managing the build of 40 affordable homes (shared ownership and affordable rent) which no doubt will be highly sought after. Deptford stands out as a diverse and creative neighbourhood in the Borough of Lewisham attracting all walks of life. With an enviable proximity to New Cross, Goldsmiths (University of London), Canary Wharf, the imminent night Tube and thriving artistic centre of Deptford, the housing is also within distance of the rolling Kent countryside. The buzz from restaurants, cafes, pubs, markets and art studios will surround the modern homes. Each resident will benefit from landscaped communal gardens and a private terrace/balcony.

What makes this scheme refreshing is the passion of the people driving it, Anthology, who build exclusively in London “enhancing neighbourhoods, celebrating the people, their stories and the culture that makes the city such an exciting place to live.” Ben Allen, project director for Anthology Deptford Foundry, said the history and location of the Deptford site provided ongoing inspiration for the architectural design and branding. As well as creative touches like textured feature walls, the homes will be energy efficient to keep running costs low for residents.

Anthology were lead sponsors for the annual visual arts festival “Deptford X’ for 4 years, and are currently designing a play area for Folkestone Gardens with Deptford Folk and buried a time capsule with local school children and local groups. Deptford Foundry is Anthology’s first development with other schemes in Hoxton, Tottenham Hale and Wembley.

As Employer’s Agent, working with community-focused and passionate teams at Anthology and Moat has been really rewarding. The build has been slick and is on track for completion in 2019. Churchill Hui project manager Alexandra Revell says the project has been positive from the outset with Moat, Anthology and Churchill Hui working in collaboration to deliver quality homes for local people.

Visit Anthology for more information on the development.

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