CEM has been awarded yet another property by Haus Block Management – the eleventh in the last 3 years. Station House & Tinderbox House has 121 apartments and 7 commercial units. CEM will be looking after the communal plant room that serves both blocks. The properties are located a stone’s throw away from Deptford mainline station. Greenwich town centre is only a short walk away, as is the Cutty Sark DLR for an easy commute to Canary Wharf and the City.
The Deptford Project includes the careful restoration of the historic Grade II listed carriage ramp, London’s oldest railway structure. Completed in 1835 and opened in 1836, the ramp was built as a means for carriages to reach the station but was never used for that purpose. It did, however, have a number of other uses through its history, such as a cattle market in the 1870s, and an air raid shelter during the Second World War. The arches of the carriage ramp house 14 creative start-up businesses, with space in front for a new market place and public piazza, re-connecting Deptford’s current markets and high street with the train station. Planning permission was granted in March 2012. Construction started in April 2014 and was completed in 2016. On 27 February 2017, The Deptford Project was awarded Best Heritage Led Project at the London Planning Awards.
The developer is U+I Group and their objective was to regenerate the neighbourhood around Deptford High Street Railway station. The project began in 2008 when they shipped in a disused 1960s train carriage and made it into a popular café. The Deptford Project is a £47 million public private partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham located on a 2 acre site next to Deptford Railway Station. At the heart of the scheme is ‘The Tinderbox’, a colourful eight-storey apartment building.
(U+I’s company name is based on the motto of a pub, The Seawitch, no longer standing, which was ‘Be United and Industrious’).