Tesco opens at One SE8

Its own online store locator may not want to admit it, but Tesco has opened a new branch at One SE8 next to Deptford Bridge DLR station.

The store, which is in the basement, neighbouring the new Travelodge, is a short walk from their other branch on Deptford High Street or up the hill to their Lewisham Way branch(es).

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's enough Tesco's for Deptford.

Anonymous said...

Very convenient for the guests of the epidemic of budget hotels in the area, I am sure.

Anonymous said...

Dah dah dah! Extended platforms + longer trains + direct City / C Wharf Access and/or increased convenience of access to West End at weekends + mega-venue O2 = Deptford great alternative to the old school sticky-carpetted cabbage-fugged b&b's of Earls Court, King's Cross & Victoria but - shock- spawns "epidemic" of budget hotels... And you moved to London because...?

BeingMe said...

What I'd like to see is Waitrose take the avant guarde step and move into Deptford. Now that would be exciting!!

Anonymous said...

Deptford is clearly the home of 'pile it high, sell them cheap'.

Souless, boxy little flats for overworked yuppies, plastic identikit supermarkets and hotels with long corridors of rooms with plastic bed liners catering for mass tourism.

No community, no culture, no character or personality. No place to make a home.

Another fine mess. Did someone actually plan all this?

Mezzer said...


Anon@10.21. This rather good documentary may answer your question.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jt9bv

Brockley Nick said...

Anon1021 - or, Deptford is the home to an incredibly strong and diverse community, a great market, loads of independent shops, a fantastic arts and cultural scene including one od the world's leading dance schools, public-sector led regeneration of its town centre, including a new library and town square, enhanced green spaces, a high street currently undergoing improvement and a healthy amount of private-sector investment, encouraged by investment in public transport, including the DLR and a new station. On its fringes are some new developments, including hotels and flats that will bring jobs and spending to the local economy.

Put your snobbish attitude towards Travelodge to one side for a moment and look at what's actually there.

Brockley Nick said...

@Mezzer - that documentary was a beautifully told story, but it was an inaccurate polemic and should be recognised as such.

Mezzer said...

I’m not so sure about that, Nick. Fair enough, you have the conflicting points of views of some locals who were there and affected at the time and then you have the planners, justifying decisions with the benefit of hindsight and then you choose which version you prefer.

I think the two facts that stand out most for me, are dreadfulness of Deptford High Street and many of the surrounding roads now (even with many of the improvements you cite) and that small microcosm of part of a street that was saved, where the elegant house featured is now worth 750,000 pounds.

Brockley Nick said...

@Mezzer - Deptford High Street isn't dreadful, it's great.

Deptford's poor, and that's for a lot of reasons.

Yes, bulldozing some of the pretty houses and streets in the area, that would have been ripe for gentrification a few decades later, contributed to Deptford's relative poverty.

But that doesn't mean the area is a bad area. I probably spend more time in Deptford than any other of our surrounding areas. The library and the Albany are great for kids. Big Red, the Royal Albert and The Deptford Project are some of the best hang-outs around here and the range of events that takes place in Deptford gives me far more reason to visit it than - say - Blackheath or Forest Hill.

So no, sorry, I don't see what you see.

terrencetrentderby said...

Well said Nick. Although the women are better looking in Blackheath.

FH said...

I'm quite happy there are a few budget hotels in Deptford/Greenwich, it means my parents have a place to stay when they visit me that's not a 45 minute tube/train ride away.

Brockley Nick said...

Zigzactly.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I hear a PR message about a place as deprived as Deptford it sounds every bit like local government propaganda. Trying to gloss over the fact that this part of the borough has been ill served for many decades and suffers from significant deprivation.

The Laban Dance school seems to be widely used as evidence of the artistic vitality of the area. It also features very prominently on the advertising for the huge number of blocks of flats that have been put that now box in this iconic building.

The fact is that most of the dancers are from other countries and usually leave after their course and the rarified form of contemporary dance that is taught has little tenure in the area.

Is Deptford swarming with contemporary dance groups? The local kids want to dance like their music vid heroes, a form about as far from the conceptual stuff at the Laban as you can get.

The Albany and new Library are primarily children's entertainment facilities.

There are a handful of art spaces and studios in the area. But these have yet to achieve any sort of critical mass that could drive the regeneration of the area. The make good PR, but dividing old buildings up with plywood so artists can work is hardly an engine for growth.

Deptford is not Shoreditch.

Development seems to be dominated by land deals done with large property developers who build for the benefit of overseas investors.

All this hype about an artistic community is a fig leaf hiding the fact that the area has been sorely neglected of several decades and now it is being sliced up by property companies who are only interested in making a buck and really don't give a stuff about the area.

As for budget hotels. Try staying in one for months on business. You soon become quite aware of the short cuts they take.

I shudder to think what would befall tourists who ventured out of them to find the artistic hub that is Deptford.

Brockley Nick said...

"Whenever I hear a PR message about a place as deprived as Deptford it sounds every bit like local government propaganda."

It's my honest assessment based on years of going there and enjoying it.

"Trying to gloss over the fact that this part of the borough has been ill served for many decades and suffers from significant deprivation."

Who's glossing over anything? I acknowledged that it's a very poor area.

"The Laban Dance school seems to be widely used as evidence of the artistic vitality of the area."

Yes, and people keep trotting out the Louvre as a good example of Paris' artistic importance. What's your point again?

"It also features very prominently on the advertising for the huge number of blocks of flats that have been put that now box in this iconic building."

Those would be blocks of flats that are being bought and rented by reasonably well off people, thus making Deptford less of a poor area, which you seemed to be concerned about a minute ago.

"The fact is that most of the dancers are from other countries"

And?

"and usually leave after their course"

Well (assuming your facts are correct) that's true of Oxford too. It doesn't invalidate the institution's importance or the contribution of the students during their time here.

"The Albany and new Library are primarily children's entertainment facilities."

Even if these assertions were true, which they aren't, so what?

"There are a handful of art spaces and studios in the area. But these have yet to achieve any sort of critical mass that could drive the regeneration of the area."

Well, let's look at the Deptford Art Map. It lists over 30 galleries and workshops, including places like Cockpit Arts, which are huge and well-respected. I don't know how many jobs these places are directly responsible for - I'd guess over 200, which is not to be sniffed at in a borough which struggles to attract businesses. Indirectly, they will support much more economic activity, be it through tourism, events and education.

Even if they weren't economically significant - so what? I enjoy going to them and they help make Deptford a fun and interesting place to visit.

"Development seems to be dominated by land deals done with large property developers who build for the benefit of overseas investors."

If it was small developers, you'd be moaning that they didn't have the deep pockets needed to make the investment required.

"All this hype about an artistic community"

Whose hype?

"now it is being sliced up by property companies who are only interested in making a buck and really don't give a stuff about the area."

All property investment companies, large and small, exist to make money. The good ones do so by building successful locations. The plans for the Deptford Project look fantastic.

"As for budget hotels. Try staying in one for months on business."

Why would I do that?

"You soon become quite aware of the short cuts they take."

"Budget hotels in finding ways to save money shock"

"I shudder to think what would befall tourists who ventured out of them to find the artistic hub that is Deptford."

Do you honestly think we'll get coach parties of innocent dupes coming to stay there and straying out in to Deptford in search of Mama Mia? No, mostly, they are there for people who want to visit the O2, "Royal" Greenwich or Canary Wharf. But who cares? The jobs are created here and it means that FH's mum has somewhere to stay nearby.

Anonymous said...

such dishonestly makes me shudder - outsiders looking at deptfford . . .

BeingMe said...

From an architectural perspective I'd like to see my taxes spent on cleaning the Town Hall in Deptford. It's stunning. Napolean, ships, etc, it's beautiful .
When people talk of Deptford you'd think it was Dreadford. No! Maybe Richard Rogers who has been asked to design some of the new buildings around Deptford can get round that orchestrating that spring clean of the town hall whilst he's at it....

Anonymous said...

Not, not coach trips (though I daresay places like Cockpit would not turn their nose up are coach full of potential art buyers.)

It is quite possible that tourists read a bit about the area before the arrive and go in search of the buzzing arts scene in Deptford (maybe they read some of the breathless PR articles.) If they did they would be less than impressed.

There is a big arts scene north of the river with their hugely successful.

http://www.firstthursdays.co.uk/

There now seems to be a south of the river equivalent.

http://www.southlondonartmap.com/events/last-fridays

Sadly the Deptford element reflects Lewishams aversion to any sort of evening entertainment.

Much as I would like it to be different, no amount of PR spin seems to be able change the retarded local government attitudes that hold back this area from developing. Their default position seems to be to do easy deals with big corporations.

I lived in Deptford for good number of years. It always seems to be left behind, which I find very sad.

Let is see if the revamping of Deptford rail station has any effect.

If they had a spur off from the Overground, it would be far, far better.




dav said...

I have a problem my Water tank has corroded ,I have an apartment at the onese8 in Depford .
Anyone can help ?

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