“Historically, this kind of 60s structure is perhaps too easily maligned, but it’s a great, useful building, which welcomes transformation and retrofit. The building owes its layout to the imposition of a council office on the site of a former wharf and warehouse and it’s inspirational to us that this previous evolution created pockets of outdoor space of varying sizes, which are so useful for makers. Our aspiration in working with the existing structure and surrounding yard is to contribute a new layer to this existing mix, for the benefit of generations to come.” Francis Fawcett of Cooke Fawcett Architects
In the context of one of the UK’s most deprived wards, and in a landscape filled with new (almost all residential) developments, Cockpit Deptford stands out as a project designed to be a welcoming community hub and a space for people to connect through creativity. Indeed, in order to be granted funding by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, Cockpit had to demonstrate that this project was an example of ‘innovative, best practice regeneration activities, that enable Londoners to actively participate in their local community.’
The project is also made possible by generous funding from Stride and LB Lewisham, as well as Cockpit patrons including Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Cockayne Grants for the Arts and The Turners’ Company.