July 2015 – Proposed Camden Lock Market Redevelopment
Market Tech Holdings, who bought the site from Brockton Capital last year, have employed Camden Town-based architects Piercy & Company to look at the site. Work includes a new building in the heart of the Lock to replace one built in the 1980s. It will house a ground floor market, small arts and crafts studios, and offices for start-up firms in the creative industries.
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An artist's impression of how the new buildings will look
Director Stuart Piercy told Dan Carrier of the Camden New Journal: “Our approach was to first focus on the spaces between buildings. It isn’t so much about the buildings – we are removing one and replacing it – it is all about how people move about. At the moment people get lost there.”
One major change is opening up Middle Yard. This means demolishing the terraced bar area known as Lock 17, allowing visitors to walk through from the canal to Camden Lock Place. A raised walkway will lead from Camden High Street across the southern side of the site, ending by the towpath on the west of the site.
Here, a new set of steps will double-up as seating, overlooking West Yard.
The proposed new buildings can be seen in the distance
Mr Piercy added: “Dingwalls has an extension that cuts across Middle Yard. We plan to get rid of it. We want people to stroll from one end to the other without having to get round various obstacles.”
It does not mean the end of the iconic concert venue, however. “In the previous scheme Dingwalls was going to go but we are building a new Dingwalls in a new basement,” Mr Piercy said.
Dead Dogs Basin would be drained and the silt removed before being refilled. The undercrofts beneath the Interchange building are set to be restored. One area will become a restaurant, while the rest would be used as a flexible space for one-off events and specialist markets.
Mr Piercy said: “It is solid, but in a terrible condition. There is years and years of rubbish there – the canal has a gentle flow and the basin got its name because everything in the canal would gently head downwards and then get caught in there.”
The Market Hall will have a new extended lightweight roof, based on the Midlands Goods Shed at King’s Cross. Huge sliding wooden doors will mean it can be closed at night, while a new canal-level entrance will allow visitors to walk in on two levels. Market Tech Holdings plan to put in for planning permission by the end of the summer, and hope the work could be finished by the end of 2017.
Source: Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal 9 July 2015