Build the Lenox

The Lenox Project was established in 2012 by a group of local residents in Deptford, who were concerned that the redevelopment masterplan for the former King’s Yard would obliterate any sign of the site’s heritage. 

Already hundreds of people in Deptford and beyond are embracing the magnitude and power of this project. Based on other successful schemes in Europe, the Lenox project aspires to create jobs, build transferable skills, bring pride to Deptford, and create tourism and identity.

Developer Hutchison Whampoa, which owns the 16-hectare Convoys Wharf site on the Deptford riverfront, submitted an outline planning application for the site to Lewisham Council more than five years ago. But the proposals for the site made scant reference to the former dockyard, and after objections from local residents, community groups and heritage bodies were withdrawn. A revised masterplan was eventually approved by the Mayor of London and as a result of extensive lobbying the Lenox is one of two heritage-led community projects that the developer is obliged to accommodate on the site.

The Lenox Project proposes to build a replica 17th-century warship on the site where the original ship was constructed. As well as offering a direct reference to the heritage of the site, the proposal is intended to bring economic, educational, social, heritage and cultural benefits to a deprived part of London’s inner city.

The project will see the construction and launch of an exact replica of the Lenox, which was built in Deptford Dockyard in 1678. Historian and maritime artist Richard Endsor, whose book The Restoration Warship is a comprehensive history of the Lenox, is part of the group. His painstaking research into the thoroughly-documented history of the ship, which was the first of Charles II’s ‘thirty ships’ building programme, will enable the new vessel to be an exact replica.

Through collaboration with local and national stakeholders, the Lenox Project will offer training, education and apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of transferable skills ranging from marine skills and computer-aided manufacturing to tourism and hospitality. 

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