Lewisham Council - Crossfield open space

Crossfield open space

A new public area will be created in the triangle of open space bordered by Crossfield Street, Coffey Street and Deptford Church Street – the site of the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in Deptford.



We are leading the work on developing a landscape masterplan for the area – currently referred to as the Crossfield open space. The plan will guide the high-quality restoration and landscaping of the open space and surrounding streets once construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel at this location has finished.

Find out more about the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

When it will happen

Thames Water is expecting to finish the Thames Tunnel works at Deptford Church Street in 2020, though it could take a further two years to complete and commission the whole tunnel system. The new open space will be created once construction of the Thames Tunnel is completed.


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to create a high quality public space and community resource. The space could enhance the historic setting, connect local destinations and provide a fantastic long term positive asset for Deptford.


  • We are leading the process to produce the landscape masterplan and have appointed landscape architects, The Landscape Partnership, to work on our behalf. They have significant experience of the area.
  • We will also closely work with designers at Thames Tideway Tunnel to ensure the design of the limited above ground structure of the Thames Tunnel engineering works is successfully and sensitively integrated into the landscape design for the open space.

St Paul’s Church and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

The design of the open space will protect and enhance the appearance, character, setting and use of St Paul’s Church and churchyard which are next to the open space. The 1730 Grade I listed church by the architect Thomas Archer is one London’s finest and one of only two Grade I listed buildings in Lewisham.

We also intend to enhance the setting of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, providing a better sense of place and connection to the wider surroundings and having close regard to vehicle and pedestrian movements and amenity of the school.

How we are involving the community

We are committed – along with Thames Tideway – to making sure that community and stakeholder involvement is a key part of the design process. We want to ensure that there are regular and effective opportunities to engage with designers to explore perceptions of the space and area, issues and opportunities, and feed into the development of the design concept and subsequent detailed designs.

Crossfield open space community stakeholder steering group

This group, made up of key local community groups and stakeholders, will help to identify and understand perspectives, issues and opportunities related to the space. It will also help shape priorities and provide constructive views on the landscape and public realm design proposals for the space from the perspective of the local community and surrounding stakeholders. 

We will hold regular meetings with the group during the development of the landscape masterplan and subsequent detailed landscape designs.

Design concept options: early 2017

In the early part of 2017 will be seeking views on design concept options at local drop-in events – details to be announced.

Further engagement is planned in 2017 as our designers develop their ideas and designs for the site. These will be publicised widely.


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