Railway arches are so typically South London. The sheer density of the rail network and the lie of the land means the whole area is criss-crossed by these Victorian brick arches. Once they were a home to dodgy car repair firms or industrial storage – now they’re becoming agents of regeneration (or even gentrification, as some in Brixton would say).
One restoration project which has made a real difference to an area is Deptford Market Yard, right next to Deptford rail station. The carriage ramp, built to give access to the railway for horse and carriage, has undergone a major renovation and now provides space for bars, cafes, shops and studios in the arches on the ground level and in the adjacent new building on the ramp level.
We were invited along to the opening event of the latest tenant in the development, IYA Studio and Store, located on the upper level. IYA Studio is a design, development and consultancy business that’s relocated to Deptford, an area which is rapidly becoming home to many creative and design enterprises. As well as the studio there’s a store which stocks attractively designed home and office products, such as tableware and stationery as well as books and prints. You can browse their catalogue here – there’s plenty of products for the design-conscious and loads of great gift ideas as well!
Deptford Market Yard is also home to a number of other businesses which have recently set up there, including Lomond Coffee, a coffee roastery and cafe, Mama’s Jerk providing Caribbean cuisine, and Little Nan’s Bar. We interviewed Tristan Scutt, owner of Little Nan’s, some four years ago; since then the bar has moved to various locations but now it’s found a home back in Deptford, where it all started. We popped in to say ‘hello’ and enjoyed a drink in this wacky and wonderful bar with a great vibe. (Look out for our article on Little Nan’s, Catford – coming soon)
I was impressed with Deptford Market Yard – it really is a high quality project. There’s a good mix of independent businesses in the development and given its excellent location right outside the station, I’m sure it’s going to be a great success.
Many thanks to Fleur Paterson of IYA Studio and Catherine Shaw of Deptford Market Yard