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BDP’s £3m Croydon Boxpark opens

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A new £3 million pop-up marketplace designed by BDP has opened in Croydon, South London


The scheme forms part of the £1 billion mixed-use Ruskin Square development next to East Croydon station and was built in partnership with the council, Schroders and Stanhope.

Built from 96 shipping containers, the stacked boxes create a dining space focused on small independent traders and builds on the first Boxpark which opened in Shoreditch in 2011.

Boxpark Croydon by BDP

Boxpark Croydon by BDP

Source: Nick Caville

Architect’s view

Our design creates a semi-enclosed market hall – like Covent Garden or La Boqueria in Barcelona – so it has a central focus to the scheme with the units arranged around it, as well as outdoor terrace spaces. The change of level between the station entrance and Dingwall Road means people enter from multiple entrances and levels which adds spatial interest and animation.

Shipping containers are an intrinsic component of the Boxpark brand. There’s something quite magical about taking this mundane and ubiquitous object and turning it into something desirable and transformational. We’re using 96 containers in total and only four of them are unaltered. The whole assembly is like a giant 3D jigsaw puzzle but the finished result looks deceptively simple.

Boxpark Croydon is a place for people. The design comes alive now it’s occupied. It was incredible to see it over the opening weekend, at dusk, with the lights on and the music pumping. Rammed with people all having a brilliant time.

Boxpark Croydon by BDP

Boxpark Croydon by BDP

Source: Nick Caville

Project data

Location Croydon, London
Type of project retail
Client Stanhope and Schroders
Architect BDP
Civil engineer BDP
Structural engineer BDP
Environmental engineer BDP
Acoustic consultant BDP
Lighting designer BDP
Landscape architect BDP
Graphic design Filthy Media 
Retail design Brinkworth
Completion date October 2016
Total cost £3 million

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