Bermondsey Square and Market
The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the ruins of Bermondsey Abbey are below the finished ground, requiring foundations for street furniture to be a maximum of 150mm. The site has hosted the Bermondsey Antiques Market for several generations, and the square was to be designed and implemented so that the market could continue to trade during the construction process. A dark-toned background of brick paving acts as a corded ‘baize’ running beneath the shiny trinkets, reminiscent of the silverware and shiny glazes of the crockery for sale at the antique’s market. The striped texture of the ground reveals its gentle slope. Icosahedron bollards are cast in ductile iron and painted, sprinkled like gems at the edge of the space. Rotating timber seats act as gates and benches. A boules pit is available at the concierge for those who are keen to play. The private space is maintained for public access 365 days a year. The award-winning project continues to provide a public background to hotel, residential, office and community uses.
Town Square able to support market uses