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10th December 2018

Camden Lock owners plan £20 million overhaul

    An illustration of how the disused Dead Dog Basin could look

    An illustration of how the disused Dead Dog Basin could look

    Published: 14 July, 2014

    A £20million revamp of the famous Camden Lock Market has been revealed this week.

    The scheme, released by owners the Urban Market Company (UMC), would see buildings including the legendary Dingwalls concert venue demolished.

    The area would be replaced by new work- shops and studios for small craft businesses.

    The UMC say they want to improve the range of employment opportunities, make the Lock relevant once more to people living in Camden instead of primarily aimed at day-trippers and tourists, and to improve access.

    An outline plan, seen exclusively by the New Journal, shows scores of workshops for stall-holders, areas that can double up for live music, film screenings and performance, and a new restaurant in the historic Dead Dog Basin canal harbour – currently lying abandoned beneath a former Victorian factory.

    Once a spot for barges to hove-to while delivering to the Gilbeys Gin factory, it has long been empty and neglected.

    Architects want to reopen the basin and allow barge owners to moor there.

    It would be used as a specialist site for painting canal boats.

    Meanwhile, a new glass-covered extension would extend over the water and offer a café area, allowing diners watch canal boat owners at work while they eat.

    UMC director Katrina Larkin told the New Journal the plans would give Camden Lock back to people living in the neighbourhood.

    Ms Larkin, who was one of the founding mem- bers of the successful Big Chill boutique festivals in the 2000s, said she hoped to create a “boutique urban festival” feel at the Lock, which would allow small-scale artisans, crafts and arts workers to have both studio space to work and a stall to sell their goods on.

    Camden Lock Market director Will Fulford with colleague Katrina Larkin

    She said: “Camden Lock was originally a haven where crafts-people could design, make and sell their own creations and it was a very eclectic space. Camden Town was a driving force in British fashion in the 1980s. Nowadays, tourists still love it and know it, but we Londoners, and people from our own neighbour-hood, perhaps do not visit. We want Camden Lock to become once again a hub for creativity. We want to re-engage with Londoners.”

    She said that its layout, designed and built in a piecemeal fashion, would be improved by the scheme.

    And the Lock would become a place to relax and be entertained, she said.

    Ms Larkin added: “It will have the vibe of a boutique urban festival. The future of retail involves theatre – celebrating a vibrant lifestyle, making it enjoyable, easy and interesting. Ideas could range from space for a microbrewery, to offering food stalls more appropriate spaces to pre- pare their produce. It will be flexible, it will mean we can use what is the Market Hall during the day for fashion shows or film screenings, or performances at night.”

    No designs have been finalised yet as UMC say they will seek the views of neighbours and stall-holders before applying for Town Hall permission. Work could begin next year, with the market still trading while work is taking place.


    Here we go again.....

    Camden Market is a busted flush, and no amount of 'innovative' redevelopment is going to help it. These people are idiots. What made the market great in the past, was its ramshackle nature, the hidden corners and eclectic nature of the stalls that filled it. What we will get is plate glass, and expensive retail units.
    UMC haven't done the market, or the neighbourhood, any favours with their willful destruction of a once cherished area.
    Like the rest of the capital, it will get a lovely makeover, wiping away what remains of the vibe and soul of the location.
    Proposed by the people who brought you the Big Chill? Didn't that crash and burn in spectacular fashion some years ago?
    What the hell is a boutique urban festival?
    This is all about money, and nowt else.

    Moaning load of !

    What a load of moaning old ar-es ! It seems that at least people are trying to give it a chance and redvelop in a more postive way. It's good to see that the same old moaners are still moaning even though they don't know what they are talking about. Tim Hadley . Manhattan (Ex Camden all my life)

    Moaning A*se...

    Well, you didn't seem to hang around to witness the destruction. It'll become as squeaky clean, and terminally dull, as New York is these days.


    SQUEEKY CLEAN AND DULL AS NEW YORK......You silly old codger. Obviously you have never been further than the end of your nose.


    If you had a brain or any intelligence I actually live between both as Camden, both living and working there, built me a big enough company to choose where and when I live. Things have to move on, and the sooner the old f..s like you do the better. Things cannot stay the same for ever. Camden Council has done a wonderful job overseeing things. Now go back to you 99p shop for a bucket.

    What about Dingwalls?

    What about Dingwalls?


    Dingwalls was destroyed years ago. You can see the remains of the original venue in parts of the covered market.

    How exciting! Having recently

    How exciting! Having recently bought in Camden I was concerned by the overpopulation of tourists and lack of trendy establishments. This is just what Camden needs

    Here we go again

    Camden rents are so expensive the people that have lived here are moving away. There are already too many shops in Camden Market to fill in comparison with the amount of people that can squash on the tube. A quarter of the units in the Stables have been empty since it was redeveloped last time. This is just another last straw. If the government okay this plan they are once again revealing themselves as being motivated by money and not what Camden needs.

    Hideous and self serving.

    Nope nope nope.

    Redevelopment will only benefit the developers

    I am deeply suspicious of the real reasons behind these plans. Are the developers really returning "local relevance" to the market and if so will they be offering affordable rents to the artisan traders they claim to encourage? I think not. This is yet another cynical spin on the "improvement" of the market area which will only serve to improve the developer's bank balance.
    Don't be fooled-there's nothing more to it than that.

    Awful idea.

    The only people to benefit from this are Will Fulford and Katrina Larkin. More cynical self-serving profit-casing redevelopment that won't help local people at all - but just destroy more of the area's history. I doubt "craft businesses" will be able to afford the rents there. If they really want to create workshops and creative spaces there's plenty of other brownfield sites that could be redeveloped. The area only attracted such businesses originally because it was cheap and no-one else wanted the space. Very different now!

    Whatever they say or do or put there, this area will only ever appeal to / serve tourists. Hopefully the council won't be fooled!

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