Bermondsey in the 1980s

How a derelict neighborhood became developed

Shad Thames c. 1980

Bermondsey Riverside in 1981 needed attention. The man-made docks to the east and the waterside wharves and warehouses of Bermondsey had become obsolete with the advent of steamships and international competition.

Bermondsey factory in 1980

Bermondsey was isolated from the mainstream economic activity of the London, and was an increasingly empty and derelict area. Some 60 acres of land and buildings were vacant or underused. Basic social and community facilities were available, but only to a modest standard. The appearance of the area, the quality of its environment and its public infrastructure reflected its decline.

Chambers Wharf c. 1980

Conversion schemes were encouraged between 1981 and 1986 to enhance the unique character of the area, such as Anchor Brewhouse, Butlers Wharf, New Concordia Wharf and the redevelopment of the former Courage Brewery (now known as Tower Bridge Piazza).

Between 1981 and 1994, over 1,600 housing units were completed in the area (96% for owner occupation), of which Jubilee yard and The Flag Store.

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