LabTech is currently working towards re-establishing Camden Lock Market, and by proxy Camden Town, as a leading destination for culture and leisure in London.

This proposal includes exciting plans to open up a part of the market known as Dead Dog Basin – a unique covered water space – to the public for the first time, alongside the creation of cultural exhibition and gallery space within the East Vaults. In addition, we have exciting plans for a new temporary Observation Wheel that will capture the imagination of a wider London audience, attracting people of all ages and diversifying the markets’ audience.

On this website, you will be able to read more about the history of Camden Lock Market, our vision for the future and share your thoughts.

We are keen to hear from the local community regarding our plans, and you can submit your feedback via our We want to hear from you page.

The proposals will:

Re-engage with and capture the imagination of a wider London audience, attracting people of all ages and diversifying visitors to the market.

Develop a greater connection to the local community through an all year events and cultural programme, including social and community initiatives.

Re-establish Camden Lock Market as a destination for locals and families – providing a much needed boost to footfall.

Help to support and retain Camden Lock Markets independent traders and create new prospects for start–up business.


The site that Camden Lock Market now sits on was originally associated with the transport infrastructure of the late Industrial Revolution and the era when transport by canal reigned. Long before it was a market, it was once storage yards and Dingwalls Timber Yard, which is the inspiration for the name of Dingwalls bar and music venue.

Included within the site is:

1. The Western buildings

Formed around what is known as Purfleet Wharf, these buildings hold the most significant heritage value after the Grade II Listed Interchange Building. The masonry buildings are of two and three storeys and are currently used as flexible market retail space.

4. The Interchange Building

The Interchange Building was developed in the early 1900’s and given Grade II listing in 1974. Currently the ground floor of the eastern part of the building, known as the East Vaults, which leads to Dead Dog Basin, is vacant and public access is blocked off. As a result, Dead Dog Basin is ‘hidden’ from public and private view.

2. Camden Lock Place

Once known as Commercial Place, Camden Lock Place forms a street to the north of these ranges and was once the primary route along the northern edge of the towpath. The towpath followed this route to avoid the wharves but since the construction of the Interchange Building in 1901 it has been blocked off leading to some congestion issues in the market today.

5. Dead Dog Basin

Below the Interchange Building lies the atmospheric Dead Dog Basin which gave boats access to an underground wharf which formed part of the Camden horse tunnels. Both the vaults and the basin are important heritage assets with significant potential but are currently inaccessible and neglected.

3. The East Vaults

The vaults are situated beneath the Grade II Listed Interchange Building to the west of the site and adjacent to Dead Dog Basin with access via the ‘dead end’ of Camden Lock Place. This area is currently used as storage for the market and is inaccessible to the public.

6. Purfleet Wharf

The adjacent pedestrian routes around Dead Dog Basin are subsequently squeezed through a lack of space between the stalls, the basin and the edge of the buildings to West Yard’s eastern side. Several of the remaining structures on the site, while not listed, are considered as positive contributors to the character of the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area. These include the south side of Camden Lock Place, the Dingwalls building to the eastern edge of Middle Yard and the 1990’s Market Hall building.

About Piercy&Company – our project architects

Piercy&Company is a Camden-based studio founded in 2002 by architect Stuart Piercy. The interdisciplinary practice comprises 90 architects, designers and researchers with a shared passion for materials, form, technology and craft.

Piercy&Company works on projects at every scale, from masterplans and large-scale buildings to interiors and objects. No matter the scale or typology, all are fuelled by the ambition to improve the human experience of how projects are made and how they feel.

The studio’s current projects include several net-zero carbon offices, residential buildings, and masterplans, all in the UK.

We are keen to hear from the local community regarding our plans, and you can submit your feedback via our We want to hear from you page.

Have Your Say

We will be consulting widely on these plans over the next few months before submitting a planning application later this year.

Call us on 0800 092 0422

Email us on CLM@londoncommunications.co.uk