Author Archives: Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (S.P.A.R)

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 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:

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