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:

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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