Impressive in its diversity of users, crossing generations and communities
BDP for Boxpark
Contract value: £3.5m
This brilliantly extroverted take on the traditional indoor market brings a lively energy to the entrance of West Croydon Station. It is built of 96 shipping containers, in a simple plan on either side of a huge market hall while also facing out to the street. Units are rented to food and drink businesses, many local and many for whom it is their first permanent location.
The tough shipping container aesthetic, with simple, cheap materials such as a PVC roof and basic timber boarding, is in keeping with its semi-industrial image.
The central space hosts a multitude of events, from children’s petting zoos to dance festivals. Tables and benches serve the surrounding food and drink outlets. The project is impressive in its diversity of users, crossing a variety of generations and communities. Boxpark felt like it truly lived up to its aspiration; providing a central meeting place and enlivening a ‘meantime’ site.