London Open House at the Master Shipwright’s House in Deptford

The Lenox Project is hosting London Open House at the Master Shipwright’s House on Saturday 17th September (10.30am to 5pm) and Sunday 18th September (10am to 2pm).

IMG_0939This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the oldest upstanding building of the Royal Dockyard at Deptford; the former home of the shipwright who designed and built the Lenox.

  • visit selected rooms of the house
  • enjoy the gardens and views of the river
  • find out about the firearms of the period and see our crew of re-enactors loading and firing them
  • meet Richard Endsor, author of The Restoration Warship and a key member of the Lenox Project core team
  • find out about current progress of the Lenox Project from our core team
  • see our restored Saker cannon and find out where it came from and how it was restored
  • support us by buying Lenox Project merchandise
  • homemade cakes and hot drinks will be on sale – with all proceeds to the Lenox Project

Re-enactors will be loading and firing weapons of the era

The Open House website has a list of all the other buildings that are open in the area – so have a look to see what else you can visit around Deptford and Greenwich.

The Master Shipwrights House is behind the big metal gates at the river end of Watergate Street in Deptford.


We look forward to welcoming you to one of Deptford’s hidden gems!


Homemade cakes and hot drinks will be on sale



Support from the Museum of London

As we begin the process of applying for charitable status, we have been approaching other organisations to ask them to write letters of support for the Lenox Project. These will be submitted to the Charities Commission as part of our application and are intended to demonstrate that we have a worthwhile and workable mission statement and that the charitable aims we intend to pursue can be delivered through our project.

We were delighted to receive a letter of support from the Museum of London’s director of enterprise Richard Sweet last week, in which he confirms the museum’s support for our plan to build and launch the Lenox replica, and our intention to aid the revitalisation of the economic, cultural and historic heart of Deptford.

Museum of London letter

Pepys estate 50th anniversary festival

On Saturday 16th July the Pepys Estate in Deptford will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and we’ll be taking part in a special event to celebrate this milestone!

Come along to the 2000 Community Action Centre on Grove Street to join in the fun – we’ll be there with the Lenox Project from 2pm onwards.


Read all about the Lenox – at a special price!

We are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a generous discount with the publisher of Richard Endsor’s incredible book The Restoration Warship – a beautifully-illustrated hardback publication that we often refer to as the Lenox Project’s ‘bible’ in that it contains all the information we need to build the ship!


We are offering a very special price for our supporters – you can buy it for just £40, which is ten pounds less than it sells for on Amazon. Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, Bloomsbury, this still enables us to make some profit from the sale. Of course if you want to match Amazon’s price you’ll be supporting the Lenox Project even more generously!

We’ll have it on sale at all our events this year – watch the website for more information – and can arrange local pick-up in Deptford SE8 for the special price of £40.

Please enquire via to arrange this, or for P&P costs if you want it mailing out to you.

Read more about the book on Richard’s website

Friends of Nunhead Cemetery open day 21st May

A date for the diary of anyone wanting to come along and catch up with us – and visit one of London’s lesser known cemeteries at the same time!


We are taking part in Nunhead Cemetery open day again this year; do come along to meet us as we’ll be there with our restored Saker cannon on show, and merchandise for sale!

The open day is also a fantastic excuse to visit Nunhead Cemetery and find out more about it, visit the chapel and crypt on a guided tour, wander through the leafy grounds, and support local organisations such as the Lenox Project, and Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, which is responsible for organising the event.

Convoys Wharf site visit

Lenox Project Site & Deptford Strand

The project site looking west towards Deptford Strand

Members of the Lenox Project team visited the safeguarded wharf on the Convoys Wharf site last week to assess project site options with the developer, Hutchison Whampoa.

Lenox Project director Julian Kingston and architectural adviser David Graham inspected the area of the riverside site that was proposed as the most feasible location for the scheme by independent consultant Buro Happold in its report which was published earlier this year. 

Lenox Project Site Foreshore LR

The canal entrance viewed from the foreshore

The visit was facilitated by Paul Hunt, senior commercial & development manager at Hutchison Property Group (UK), and was preceded by a foreshore walk at low tide to inspect the river wall, in particular the entrance to the canal which originally occupied part of the site.

Our proposals involve reusing the canal to create the docks necessary to build the Lenox and provide a home berth. South of the canal entrance, the alignment of the canal can also be clearly seen at ground level where the top of the buried canal walls are delineated by stonework.

Lenox Project Site Canal Entrance LR

The canal entrance looking east towards Greenwich

A significant amount of work is required to develop these proposals in conjunction with the developer and gain the necessary approvals, and we look forward to starting this process as soon as is practicable.

Community projects update event on 23 April

deptford lounge poster

We’ll be at the Deptford Lounge in Giffin Street on 23 April along with our sister project Sayes Court Garden – come along and find out what we’ve been up to over the last few months.

We’re looking to recruit new team members too, to help us move the project up a gear. If you are interested in being involved in this exciting project, come along and find out more!

Saturday 23 April, 12.30-3pm

Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ

Deptford Station/Deptford Bridge DLR/Buses 49, 188, 199, 53, 453

Latest revision of Lenox Project Vision

We are delighted to announce that the latest version of the Lenox Project Vision document has been published.


This version has been revised to include more detail of our proposals for the project and the site, and are set within the context of the conclusions of the GLA feasibility study.

You can download the new document from our website here

Feasibility study report published by GLA

The final report of the independent study to identify the most feasible location for The Lenox Project on Convoys Wharf was published on 15 December 2015.

The report, by consultant Buro Happold, identifies a site on the safeguarded wharf as the most feasible option of those considered.

The study supports our own assessment of the benefits that The Lenox Project will bring to the development and the wider community as follows:

  • The project will enhance the overall attractiveness of the development and will have positive regenerative impacts on the local community.
  • The location of the project will create a standalone visitor attraction within the development and present opportunities for supporting commercial facilities to develop locally.
  • The Lenox Project is expected to attract huge visitor numbers, which will support a wide range of local businesses and become a prime catalyst in the regeneration of Deptford.
  • The commercial uses around the Lenox would gain from the induced spending impact of the Lenox visitors. These benefits will have a wider impact on the local community, once the project is established as a major tourist attraction.

The remit of the study was to examine different lease scenarios for The Lenox Project on two sites, the safeguarded wharf and the Olympia building, and to rank them in order of feasibility.

The report also identified negotiation of new lease terms as a key factor in determining the level of success of the project and its wider aims.

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Aerial view of the site with the Olympia Building in red and the safeguarded wharf in blue

The detailed scenarios can be viewed in the published report, which is available to download from the GLA website. They are summarised as follows:

Olympia Building options:
Half of the Olympia Building would be made available to The Lenox Project, with waterway access to the Thames and a home berth provided by reinstatement of a part of the original basin. The lease terms involved a combination of market and peppercorn rents for varying periods up to a maximum of 20 years. The space would not have allowed the project to realise its wider aims, unless it were able to expand beyond the Olympia Building, which was not on offer for the purposes of the study.

The assessor consulted the developer, Hutchison Whampoa, and The Lenox Project during the initial stages of the study and it soon became apparent that being located in the Olympia Building, whilst preferable in terms of historical context and central location, carried a much higher risk of delay to the project. This was because the start of the project would be wholly dependent on the developer progressing the refurbishment of the building, not withstanding the fact that the space on offer would not accommodate the project.

Safeguarded wharf options:
The Lenox Project would be accommodated on 3,975m² of the safeguarded wharf with waterway access to the Thames and an additional area required for the home berth. The lease terms also involved a combination of market and peppercorn rents for varying periods up to a maximum of 20 years. The option chosen in the study as the most feasible also allowed for extending the lease terms beyond 20 years by mutual agreement in circumstances were the safeguarded wharf were de-designated.

The GLA provided information on the emerging approach for the devolution of wharf powers to the Mayor of London, and the possible removal of safeguarding for Convoys Wharf. The GLA also advised that the process of deregulating the wharf would be aided by the presence of The Lenox Project on the site. This was the most important issue raised during the study, with potentially significant benefits for the feasibility of the project. In addition, deregulation of the wharf would trigger diversion of funds to The Lenox Project that were originally set aside by the developer for wharf activities.

As part of the feasibility study process, The Lenox Project provided the assessor with information on how the project could occupy the safeguarded wharf. The assessor produced a plan showing how the various elements of the project might be accommodated, including a dry dock for construction of the Lenox, a wet dock to provide a home berth and the Deptford Dockyard Museum. The Lenox Project would occupy the entire river frontage on the safeguarded wharf, with access for pedestrians and cyclists maintained along the riverside.

Lenox Project Site Plan

The conclusion of the independent feasibility study allows the Lenox Project to embark on the next stage; preparation of a business plan based on firm proposals for the location of the project.

The full report can be downloaded from the GLA’s website.

Live in Evelyn ward? We need your vote!

We’re delighted to announce that our bid for funding for outreach to local schools in Deptford has successfully passed the first stage of the Evelyn Assembly application process. We will be presenting our plans to the Evelyn Assembly on Saturday 21st January, and inviting residents to vote for us!

We want funding so we can train young people aged 16-18 as our ‘young explainers’, giving them the skills to go into primary schools in supervised sessions to teach younger children about Deptford’s maritime history.


We absolutely love this idea because it would enable us to reach two different age groups in a single hit, and also because it is not just about bringing history to life, it will also deliver valuable training, skills and experience to young people, which could assist them in getting a job or moving into further education.

Our plan is to recruit 20 volunteers from local secondary schools and youth programmes, and train them through a series of workshops to deliver the outreach. They would also develop the ideas and materials needed for the primary school sessions.

We intend to deliver these sessions to four primary schools in Evelyn Ward:

  • Deptford Park
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Grinling Gibbons
  • St Joseph’s

The Lenox Project has teamed up with local company Refinery Productions, which organises the annual science festival Smashfest UK, at the Albany, to bid for the funding. If we are successful, Refinery Productions will deliver the training and outreach through its own well-established ‘young explainers’ programme – so we will also be providing employment to local people and supporting a local business. Refinery Productions already works with all these local schools so has the contacts and arrangements in place to assist in setting up the sessions.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Evelyn Ward, and who is 14 or over, is eligible to vote. Not sure if you’re in Evelyn Ward? Click here to see a map of the ward boundaries.

If you are eligible to vote please come along to the assembly before 12.45 – you need to allow enough time to find out about all the projects that are competing for funds, and enough time to cast your vote.

Evelyn Assembly takes place at the Lewington Centre, 9 Eugenia Road, SE16 2RU

Saturday 21st January, 12-2pm

Nearest stations: South Bermondsey/Surrey Quays

Download the flyer here.