City farm revamp breathes new life into riverside Rotherhithe

The renovation of Surrey Docks Farm, tucked away on a long-inaccessible stretch of the Thames in Rotherhithe, promises to bring new life to the surrounding community. As well as a new waterside events space, meeting space, office and teaching kitchen at an old, fire-damaged tower, an extension of the Thames Path has opened up the waterfront to dog walkers, cyclists and mudlarks right through the gardens of the farm. “The Thames Path coming through is a really key thing for new visitors,” says Chloë Leen, co-founder of PUP Architects, which oversaw the project. “The landscaping and new frontage meeting the Thames Path has made it feel more welcoming for people who maybe don’t know about it but come past a lot.” Housing currently ranges from cobbled conservation zones to Nineties estates built on infilled docks; however, there is significant investment to come in the area, including a new shopping precinct. With Canada Water station just a short walk away, the area is also perfect for a speedy commute to Canary Wharf.

Evening Standard (07/12/2020) 

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