Catford Mews is example of how an innovative client with a local authority commited to improving the community, a refreshing concept (and creative design team) can breathe life back into a tired inner city shopping precinct. The unit they took over from Poundland at the begining of 2019 had been a 'Catford Mews' market back in the 1970's. Building on their commitment to work with the local community and local history Really Local have developed a concept woven around the former mews which eventually will connect through to Winslade Way at the rear. The entrance leads through a food hall with coffee and four local businesses selling freshly made product. Beyond the food hall is the cafe bar and venue with three cinema auditoria to the side.
Evening Standar article here: Former Poundland transformed into cinema
Images of completed project with thanks by Taran Wilkhu
The concept and specification were focussed on exposing and celebrating the concrete and brick surfaces exposed when the shopfit was stripped out. of particular note, the design of the three auditoria retains the exposed precast concrete troughs supporting the floor above. This was made possible by the design of a bespoke junction with the walls to prevent sound passing from one screen to the other whilst the form of the ceiling helps reduce reverberation - it also looks cool
Images of work in progress by Kate Elliot with thanks
Some of the lovely food vendors helping make Catford Mews special. Photos by Taran Wilkhu with thanks
RLG seeing in the official launch night on the 25th September. With speeches from the Mayor of Lewisham, performances by Big Tobz and Charisse C, and an array of local vendors serving delicacies throughout the evening, a successful opening night was had by all.
Article here on the opening night: Official Launch Night at Catford Mews
Images of Opening night by Stuart C Wilson, Getty Images