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Report on S.P.A.R Walkabout Annual General Meeting Thamesmead Saturday 19 October 3pm

Report on S.P.A.R Walkabout Annual General Meeting Thamesmead
Saturday 19 October 3pm

SPAR Walkabout AGM Thamesmead Invite Word

01Word05SparThe walkabout Annual General Meeting in Thamesmead had new members
joining at the Lakeside Centre which has variously been a nightclub,
a sailing club, and a restaurant but is now an arts centre
managed by Bow Arts, nearby has long been a centre for rubble

02Word05SparThe walk started just after 3pm and returned to the Lakeside Centre 4.30pm
All walk photos are taken by Liam Scully

03Word08SparThere were 12-15 members joining Brian Guest on the tour
starting at Binsey Walk by Southmere Lake

04Word09SparThis ridge overlooking Binsey Walk is the ideal place to view rubble
but would there be any left on the day?

06Word13SparSee the last report for the images of the demolition of Binsey Walk in September
now there are only a few rubble piles left but still with some variety

05Word10SparGeneral Secretary Brian Guest pointed out where the flats of Binsey Walk
had been until only two weeks ago

07Word16SparS.P.A.R understands that there are always new angles to view rubble
here along Harrow Manorway you can get close to Binsey Walk

08Word20SparThe walk took people along Harrow Manorway and Yarnton Way to see the
original 1968 South Thamesmead development scheduled for
demolition in the next few years, here across Southmere Lake
has alternative views of the rapidly diminishing rubble

09Word25SparAt the end of the walk by Southmere Square members could take away
images from S.P.A.R’s rubble reports in Thamesmead

10Word01SparS.P.A.R Walkabout AGM Thamesmead was in association
with Thamesmead Texas and Art Licks Weekend (17-20 October 2019)

Art Licks SPAR Invite Word
For rubble enthusiasts S.P.A.R recommends this exhibition
by James Lander / Stephane Chadwick
An independent study 2019 : the Future of artists and architecture
also at Thamesmead Texas, Lakeside Centre Thamesmead
every Saturday 12-6pm until 30 November

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Summer into Autumn Thamesmead Reports and the final days of Binsey Walk – September 2019

Summer into Autumn Thamesmead Reports and the final days of Binsey Walk September 2019

S.P.A.R was there in September 2019 during the final
weeks of Binsey Walk Thamesmead

03BinseyWordSome fine rebar piled up during the demolition

02BinseyWordBinsey Walk, with the remains of other blocks behind
Peabody are planning to build over 300 homes although no planning permission yet
could they not keep the rubble at this height?

04BinseyWordHere is the final building on Binsey Walk, not long before the end

05BinseyWordThe rubble is rapidly decreasing on Harrow Manorway
but there are still a few elegant stacks visible

00BinseyWordThere was a fine view of the demolition of Binsey Walk from across Southmere Lake

Photos from S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead 23 March – 31 May 19

Photos from S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead, Peabody Info Hub
23 March – 31 May 19

27SparWordBrian Guest with the rubble drawings made by visitors to S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead

Members could see a film of a demolition in Bow carried out by a company called Erith,
Erith is close to the Thamesmead Info Hub

S.P.A.R Centre within a developers Hub
will Peabody understand the beauty of rubble?

19SparWordS.P.A.R was invited to present the campaign at the Info Hub
by Liam and Vanessa Scully of  Thamesmead Texas
Brian Guest encountered a local cowboy called Adrian
does his enthusiam extend to Rubble?

Brian Guest was here for two months to find out more about the Rubble of Thamesmead

This member remembered when Lesnes Abbey nearby was extensively excavated
Bringing that age old S.P.A.R question – Is it a ruin or is it rubble?

There were detailed tales of Rubble encountered in Thamesmead
including this one found close to the S.P.A.R Centre

At the end of two months there were many Rubble drawings
and many new members at S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead

Spring 2019 – S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead 23 March – 31 May / Thamesmead Updates / Members Photos

Spring 2019 – S.P.A.R Centre Thamesmead 23 March – 31 May
Thamesmead Updates / Members Photos

Thamesmead 50th Fund presents: Thamesmead Texas
Meet Brian Guest on Saturday 23 March 2pm-5pm

South Thamesmead AGM (23 September 18) Photo Miyuki Kasahara

S.P.A.R returns to Thamesmead but in different location to the AGM
this time over two months at the Peabody Parkside Hub

Thamesmead Texas, Peabody Parkside Hub, Unit 212-214 Yarnton Way DA18 4DR
23 March – 31 May

Opening Saturday 23 March – 2pm-5pm
Also open every Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-4pm
and first Saturday of the month (6 April & 4 May) until 31 May

Thamesmead 50th Fund presents: A group exhibition by
local artists based in Thamesmead.

Participating artists include:
Joseph Griffiths / S.P.A.R with Brian Guest / Almudena Romero
Liam Scully / Dominika Kieruzel / Miyuki Kasahara / Vanessa Scully / Jackson Payne

Thamesmead Texas Art Bar by Liam Scully
with surprise artist cocktail!

Thamesmead Rubble Update

Near Abbey Wood Station there is still rubble to be found on Felixstone Road

The rubble had much building and domestic material
the lack of stone however was a disappointment

Behind this long-standing rubble in Thamesmead is Binsey Walk
featured in Clockwork Orange (1971) it is due to be demolished in October 2019

Members Photos

Ms J Kerr has sent these photos of a magnificant rubble pile in Lincoln

Taken from a nearby cafe this huge brick pile was once a line of shops

It was difficult to get close but the consistency and
regularity of this crushed brick has much beauty

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S.P.A.R Annual General Meeting at Thamesmead Texas

S.P.A.R AGM at Thamesmead Texas Report – 23 September 2018

ThamesmeadTexas1S.P.A.R General Secretary Brian Guest and members met at Thamesmead Texas
in South Thamesmead

There was much discussion on the definition of admirable rubble

S.P.A.R would like to thank Thamesmead Texas for hosting
there will be further meetings in South Thamesmead during 2019

There were reference books to consider the types
of rubble on display

ThamesmeadTexas4Members could draw rubble they had recently encountered
there was also a questionnaire for the AGM

ThamesmeadTexas5bThamesmead Texas’s canine (Prince Power) is here attempting to identify which
rubble was found in Thamesmead

Further Rubble in South Thamesmead

ThamesmeadTexas6The largest rubble mountains are found in South Thamesmead
where there was once Newacres Library

ThamesmeadTexas8It is possible to get quite close to rubble in Thamesmead

ThamesmeadTexas7This rubble will be steadily reducing as the site is developed into ‘Southmere Village’

S.P.A.R Annual General Meeting 2018 in South Thamesmead with Brian Guest Sunday 23 September 2pm – 5pm

Annual General Meeting 2018 in South Thamesmead with Brian Guest
Sunday 23 September  2pm – 5pm

SPAR Thamesmead Texas Final Invitation

S.P.A.R at Thamesmead Texas – Radley House Wolvercote Road London SE2 9TW

All attendees to the AGM email thamesmeadtexas@gmail.com by
21 September for the exact address of Thamesmead Texas

Nearest Station: Abbey Wood (South-Eastern service Zone 4) then 8 minute walk
Station two stops from Woolwich Arsenal DLR/Rail – Buses close-by: B11, 177, 180, 401

S.P.A.R’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will convene at Thamesmead Texas
in South-East London with General Secretary Brian Guest
We will discuss an increase in brutalist rubble and view the latest reports
There will be a survey for members and further opportunity to draw your favourite rubble from memory

Brian Guest and Thamesmead Texas are looking forward to your attendance

Rubble Reports Summer 2018 – AGM, Art Schools, Estates and Stadiums

S.P.A.R AGM (Annual General Meeting) – South Thamesmead

00 Thamesmead Yarnton Aug 18There is much rubble being produced in South Thamesmead,
which on 14 July 2018 celebrated its 50th Anniversary
The above is on Yarnton Way, the S.P.A.R Annual General Meeting
will be held in the area September 2018, all members welcome, details to come

Sculptural Demolition – Royal College of Art

S.P.A.R Members in Battersea have been keen to observe the demolition
of the remaining older buildings at the Royal Collage of Art, Howe Street site

RCA 02Many rubble gems could be found in this sculptural pile

RCA 05Demolition commenced during the Final Year RCA exhibition
The new building is being designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron

RCA 04Unique evidence of art being created and now destroyed
These bricks are full of art and should remain in the new development

RCA 01The buildings were used by the college for over twenty-five years

RCA 06Old Rubble with possible New Rubble behind

RCA 07There is much variety of brick to be seen at Howe Street, Battersea

Regents Canal Rubble Giant

S.P.A.R was confronted by this spectacular pile, the remains of Ion House, on the corner of Andrews Road
and Sheep Lane by the Regents Canal in Hackney

Ion House Sheep 01S.P.A.R could not help but be impressed by this rubble found near the canal,
these were once garages and light industrial buildings


Ion House Sheep 02Although this rubble is all too well protected at least the sight lines are clear

Ion House Sheep 05A wonderful cascade of concrete and red brick

Ion House Sheep 04There is planning application from 2016 for it’s re-development but now
the land has been acquired by Aitch Group: https://www.buildington.co.uk/london-e8/sheep-lane/sheep-lane/id/7135

Ion House Sheep 03A message from a concerned citizen, this seems likely as the average for a
new-build flat in Hackney is £531,840! According to Foxtons!

Ion House Sheep 06Another visit saw this wonderful evening light on these
concrete slabs, lighting is very important for rubble

Tustin Estate, off the Old Kent Road, London

S.P.A.R noticed some fine rubble on Ilderton Road around the Tustin Estate

01 Ilderton Road
02 Ilderton Road
03 Ilderton RoadThis tangle of rebar should surely be preserved

Gala Bingo Gone – Hackney Road

Gala Bingo Hackney Road 01
Part of S.P.A.R’s ‘Rubble from Buses’ series here is a view taken from the
top-deck of the No. 55 – The building was originally an Odeon Cinema opened in 1939
it was then one of the earliest to be turned into a Bingo Hall in 1961 – It survived
unti 2015, and it is now to be a housing development by Hackney Property Holdings (they are based in Jersey)

Members Photo

John Lang West Ham Jan 18At the start of 2018 active member J Lang took a photo of this
fine stack the last remains of West Ham Football Club’s Boleyn Ground
it is now being developed by Barratts Homes, Newham Council
have purchased 211 flats of the over 800 for ‘affordable’ rent

Latest Reports June-Nov 2017 : Death of a Fire Station / Toynbee Rubble / Hackney Wick Dreams / Ramsgate / Members Photos : London – Colchester – Porto – Murano

Latest Reports June-Nov 2017 : Death of a Fire Station / Toynbee Rubble
Hackney Wick Dreams / Ramsgate
Members Photos : London – Colchester – Porto – Murano

Death of a Fire Station (Kingsland Road)

10 Kingsland Fire Aug 17Kingsland Road Fire Station, Hackney was closed in 2014 by then mayor
Boris Johnson – S.P.A.R was there in August 2017 as demolition began
The site had been bought for 16 million pounds from the
Fire service by Benyon Estates and the Education Funding Agency (EFA), a government body

11 Kingsland Fire Aug 17S.P.A.R found a growing pile of rubble rising above the hoardings, in current
mayor Sadiq Khan’s Housing Policy, 50% of new developments should be marked
as ‘affordable’ which can include Shared Ownership,
Living Wage and Social Housing

12 Kingsland Fire Sept 17 2
By September there was this beautifully balanced collection of stones,
planning was previously rejected by Khan for lack of affordable housing,
this time  his office had no objections – Benyon Estates and the EFA are building
a new free school with at least 68 flats –  It has been reported contrary to
Khan’s policy that only 8% of these homes are to be affordable
and those may not even be on-site!
External Site: http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/sadiq-khan-waves-through-kingsland-fire-station-development-with-just-8pc-affordable-housing-1-4974439

13 Kingsland Fire Sept 3
S.P.A.R wants this beautfully balanced rubble to remain in the new development

14 Kingsland Fire Nov 1
When the Society visited Kingsland Road at the end of October, just this
single rubble pile remained

15 Kingsland Fire Nov 1 - 2
It’s magnificence diminished, by November, even this rubble was gone,
the site being rapidly prepared for Hackney New Primary School

Toynbee Rubble, Whitechapel (July 17)

02 Toynbee 01-07 1
The site of Toynbee Hall, an anti-poverty charity on Commercial
Street in Whitechapel is largely in a state of post-rubble

03 Toynbee 01-07 3
On Wentworth Street this facade is all that remains of the original building
Toynbee Hall opened in 1884 to relieve poverty in East London, after bombing
in WW2,  it was rebuilt and reopened in 1967, it was later named Profumo House
after disgraced minister of war John Profumo
who worked there for over forty years

04 Toynbee 01-07 3
The regeneration is to be a mixed-development with an open public square,
S.P.A.R members should this link to see if further demolition is planned – External Link:

Hackney Wick Dreams

06 S Hackney Wick 28-10-17 2
Hackney Wick has been a haven for Rubble especially since the 2012 Olympics
it is evident on Bream/Dream Street in Fish Island

08 S Hackney Wick 28-10-17
These mountains of stones bring-up that long-standing debate amongst members,
if rubble is created from road surfaces and not building demolition
can it be truly admirable

07 S Hackney Wick 28-10-17London Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q) own the land beside the Foreman & Sons Fish Restaurant – This site had been used for the Hackney Wick Festival and DEN-CITY, but it is to become ‘Bream Street Wharf’ with the building of  170 Canalside Apartments,
L&Q say it will be a mixture of private and shared ownership,
what percentage is likely to be truly affordable?

09 S Hackney Wick 28-10-17
The majestic contours of this rubble should be retained in the Bream Street
Wharf development

Ramsgate – Rubble in action

16 Kingsland Fire Nov 1 - 2
  This action shot was taken during a demolition of advertising hoardings
revealing twisted metal and wood, taken in
Ramsgate by  S.P.A.R general secretary Brain Guest

18 Ramsgate 03 19 Sept
The Asda Carpark in Ramsgate on the corner of Chatham Road and
Boundary Road provides a good viewing platform for these layers of earth and stone

Member Photos

London: Upper Clapton (June 17)

20 David C West Lea River Upper Clapton June 2017Mr D. West of Hackney sent this wonderful conglomeration of concrete and brick
found close to the River Lea navigation in Upper Clapton, London

Colchester (July 17)

01 Colchester 14-07-17On the train leaving Colchester Station, you can see this vast field of rubble,
this is where to find the best of Essex aggregate,
although that is for S.P.A.A (Society for the Preservation of Admirable Aggregate)
to judge not S.P.A.R

Porto Rubble (September 17)

19 Porto Sept 17 02S.P.A.R has been told much demolition is to be found in the centre of Porto, Portugal
These office workers have an excellent elevated view, although most of the
ground rubble had been removed

  Murano Rubble (November 17)

Long-time S.P.A.R member L. Scully encountered a mysterious rubble stack, guarded by an accordion player
This was on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy, surely a work of art worthy of the Venice Biennale

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Latest Reports 2017: Rubble from Nakatsu-City, Japan / Lincoln Update / London Member Photos / Ramsgate

Latest Reports 2017: Rubble from Nakatsu-City, Japan / Lincoln Update /
London Member Photos / Ramsgate

Rubble from Nakatsu-City, Kyushu, Japan

Nakatsu01In April S.P.A.R director Brian Guest visited the South of Japan for geological research
One stormy day during a visit to Nakatsu-City in Kyushu he saw this road-side covering 

Nakatsu02Behind the covering was an impressive array of rubble, with no barriers or holdings, just these red cones

Nakatsu03Komatsu are involved in much rubble creation in Japan and elsewhere: here are two fine examples
Komatsu make military equipment as well, construction and destruction always linked

Nakatsu04Note the range of concrete, with splashes of red paint throughout
Does it differ in consistancy and geometry from rubble found in the UK?

Nakatsu05This variety of rubble, also included cables, a fridge and water tank
This is a fine opportunity to study rubble, potential Japanese members can seek out
this site near the station in Nakatsu-City
S.P.A.R say always read the warning signs, be aware!

Lincoln Update – May 17
Lincoln01The Society visited this site over April and May 2017
These prominant buildings off Steep Hill were constructed in 1777 as the County Hospital and in 1879
became the Lincoln Theological College, it is very close to Lincoln Cathedral
In recent years it was rented to De Montfort University and The University of Lincoln

Lincoln02This is a wonderful tumble of bricks
However this former place of health and learning
is to be turned into flats with prices ranging from £350,000 to 1 million!

This rubble continues to increase up-to the end of May,  members have an excellent opportunity to study it
There were many Brick Manufacturers in Lincoln during the 19th and early 20th Century, these amalgated
as Lincoln Brick Company Ltd in the 1880’s – Lincoln bricks are often dark red in colour

The building is known as ‘Chad Varah House’ named after the founder of the Samaritans,
Chad Varah (1911-2007) who was born in Lincolnshire – The site was sold by Banks Long & Co in September 2016
to Peach Estates, Philip Good and Colin Holden who this year were granted permission to build
S.P.A.R urges them to keep some of this  fantastic rubble prominantly in their ‘luxury apartments’

External Links:
The Lincolnite, with photos of the proposed ‘Chad Varah House’ development:


For Brick officianado’s this blog ‘East Midlands Named Bricks’ is worth studying: https://eastmidlandsnamedbricks.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=lincoln

London Members Photos

Carpenders Park – May 17

Mr J Swann from Muswell Hill reports from Carpenders Park, a suburb of Watford

CarpendersPark02“I was heading to Oxhey Woods nearby when I saw this site near Carpenders Park Station,
I thought the membership would be interested in this complex swirl of
steel rebar on the right, how it meshes and compliments the variously sized stone”


CarpendersPark03S.P.A.R note that ‘Countryside Properties’ are involved in this rubble creation, they appear to be a
developer of choice for Three Rivers Council in Herfordshire, so we request that compact
piles such as this can be retained for public display, and discussion

New Cross – April 17

McCormick01McCormick02A brief report from South London member Ms J McCormick – “It’s near new cross fire station, on my walk to work. I pass through a housing estate round the back of the fire station, and the rubble is brick tiles that used to line the floor of the car park in that area They dug up all the brick tiles and replaced them with tarmac. A bit of a shame really cos they were a nice purplish colour and quite shiny…”

Ramsgate Rubble – March 17

02RamsgateThis spring S.P.A.R was alerted to a demolished industrial estate in Ramsgate, on Newington Road
It had been empty for some time and permission was granted in 2016 for a Primary School to
be built there with places for 420 pupils

03RamsgateSome members would not count these broken
wooden slats as rubble, in this context they can be argued to be so
On visiting there was a great variety of rubble on view

01RamsgateThere are further buildings to be demolished on this site, with potential to
match this dynamic mix of brick, concrete and steel
S.P.A.R would like this rubble to be preserved in the new development, with Child friendly measures taken

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