Southwark Council have confirmed to ATG that the building works in Bermondsey Square are on schedule for completion by Spring 2008.
The news will come as a relief to dealers at Bermondsey
Antiques Market, who are doing their best to continue trading
despite the disruption caused by the ongoing construction work in
the square. The South London antiques market is continuing to
operate every Friday from 4am to 2pm in a small section of the site
in front of the construction hoardings.
The council's executive member for regeneration, Richard Thomas,
met with the newly-formed Bermondsey Antique Market Traders
Association last week to discuss how the regeneration scheme was
"Redevelopment is inevitably disruptive to local people, but the
council is doing all it can to make the transition as smooth as
possible," he said.
"What we need to do is support businesses and local people
throughout this transitional period so that traders and residents
alike can reap the benefits of what will be a fantastic place to
live and work."
The scheme will eventually see a new public square large enough
for 200 market stalls. Being built around the square is a 60-seat
cinema, a boutique hotel, affordable housing as well as office and
The work started in May 2006, but the designs had to be altered
after archaeological remains of the 12th century Bermondsey Abbey
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