Acme Studios, supporting art and artists since 1972

Childers Street, SE8


165 Childers Street, Deptford, London, SE8 5JR

1920s brick-built former ships' propeller foundry. 112 self-contained and 20 partitioned studios ranging from 180f² to 1,800f² (17m² to 167m²) on ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

1990. Current lease expires March 2028. Landlord: Donovan Brothers Ltd. Studios developed in four phases with support from London Borough of Lewisham, Greater London Arts, The Henry Moore Foundation and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Local Authority
London Borough of Lewisham.

21 studios on ground-floor have level access throughout. Main staircase to 1st and 2nd floor. Third floor reached by low ceilinged second staircase in the middle of the building. Lift serves all floors.

Other facilities
Entryphone system. Toilets and wash-up facilities on ground, 2nd and 3rd floors plus additional wash-up facilities on 1st and 2nd floor corridors.

Current Rent
£12.91, £11.56 and £10.57 per square foot per year.

Rent Review Date
April 2018

Unrestricted on-street parking.

Public Transport
New Cross Overground, Deptford main line and DLR Deptford Bridge. See 'Further Reading' for local bus map.

Exterior of Childers Street. Photo: Greg Goodale (2010)

Exterior of Childers Street. Photo: Greg Goodale (2010)

165 Childers Street, Deptford, London, SE8

165 Childers Street, Deptford, London, SE8

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Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.