Camberwell Yards: Plans unveiled for new Boxpark-style attraction in south-east London

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A new shopping and dining centre made from shipping containers – inspired by Shoreditch’s Boxpark – could be set for south-east London.

Plans have been unveiled to build a community attraction with 14 units surrounding a central communal area in Camberwell.

Rolfe Judd, the planning firm behind the proposal, has likened ‘Camberwell Yards’ to the trendy Boxparks in Shoreditch and Croydon.

Both of those sites have become immensely popular with young crowds and feature a range of local food vendors and shops.

The Camberwell site, owned by Mumbo Jumbo World ltd, is slated for a small carpark next to Morrisons supermarket and will include one container dedicated to community use.

The plan for Camberwell Yards states: “Similar to the successful concepts already established at Shoreditch and Croydon, the proposal for Camberwell will provide opportunities for independent businesses to provide food and drink and local enterprise /commercial facilities to the local area.”

Design: an artist’s impression of the new Camberwell Yards (Rolfe Judd)

Tom Flynn, a Camberwell Green ward councillor, told Southwark News: “I’m quite excited by the overall concept.

“It could be a space for people from all of Camberwell, not just those with a bit of disposable income. For this to work and become a welcome part of the community it should reflect the diversity of Camberwell in terms of what’s on offer.

“And it could be a good use of the small part of the car park, which is hardly ever even half full.”

Camberwell resident Ben Miller, 26, told the Standard he was in favour of the proposals as long as they kept local business as the “main focus”.

He told the Standard: “Camberwell is great at the moment because it isn’t just another Shoreditch or Brixton, so I’m wary if things start to go in that direction.

“However, the concept for Camberwell Yards looks really good and at the end of the day, if its local businesses that benefit then it can only be a good thing. It certainly looks like a good place to meet for a pint or two as well.”

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