We pressed the case for reclaiming Deptford’s significant role in the London riverscape, capitalising on its heritage values and creating a lasting legacy.
Willi Richards from Master Shipwright’s House likened its potential to the building of Shakespeare’s Globe:
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Deptford to capitalise on its impressive heritage assets to create a vibrant contribution to the river and to London life."
The group demonstrated how the whole central area of the site would have public value with a park at its entrance, the listed Olympia shed in the centre and a restored water basin leading to the jetty park.
Roo Angell and Bob Bagley presented their plan for Sayes Court and the John Evelyn Centre:
“This is a project to create a national centre for urban horticulture, delivering education, training, jobs and research set within the new garden promoting active participation in London’s green infrastructure. Changes in society have led to a long-term decline in people’s daily contact with nature in London. Sayes Court is uniquely placed to continue its powerful tradition of finding new solutions to this perennial challenge.”
Julian Kingston presented his plan to build a replica of the 17th Century warship, the Lenox, saying:
“The developers have given the site a body, but no one has got its heart pumping. The Lenox would give it a soul as well as a heart.”
We are offering solutions to the planners that meet local aspirations on these specific issues. There are many local objections to other aspects of the plan that will have to be addressed in due course, but none are compromised by the projects. We believe if these projects are adopted, Convoys Wharf can be and should be a jewel in London’s crown.