S.P.A.R at DEN-CITY 1 on 27th June Report

S.P.A.R at DEN-CITY 1 on 27th June Report

SparDen01Den-City 1 curator Rebecca Feiner invited S.P.A.R to set-up on
Saturday 27th June from 2-8pm to discuss the campaign

SparDen02Brian Guest discussing the increasing rubble creation and how the Society
would like rubble from the previous life of a site to remain in any new development

IMG_1855A colourful example of admirable rubble by new member Alina G

SparDen04By the end of the session there were numerous drawings of admirable rubble

IMG_1719There were many alternative artist structures at Den-City 1
and rumours of rubble found behind the artificial beach

Films of S.P.A.R at Den-City 1


Sara Penrhyn Jones – Film of Den-City 1 featuring S.P.A.R


DEN-CITY 1 & May / June Report: Dalston Rubble Updates

S.P.A.R – Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble
DEN-CITY 1 Meeting
Saturday 27th June from 2pm until 9pm DEN-City 1 InviteBrian Guest 1

The Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble’s
DEN-CITY 1 meeting will convene on Saturday 27th June from 2pm until 9pm.
DEN-CITY 1: Forman’s Fish Island Riviera, H. Forman & Son,
Stour Road, London E3 2NT

It will be an opportunity to meet Brian Guest (above) to discuss the rubble
being created in Hackney Wick and elsewhere in London. He will highlight
the campaign to have any rubble created by demolishing homes and businesses
installed in the foyer or other communal areas of replacement developments.

DEN-CITY 1: Friday June 26th, 6-9pm/ Saturday June 27th , 2-9pm/ Sunday June 29th, 1-4pm
A temporary utopian city of installations, dens and assemblages. Colourfully, re-purposing,
and recycling on the theme ‘Work in Progress’ . DEN- City will be mushrooming on a
prime piece  of land by the Olympic site. Forget Glastonbury, this is a free space,
an art city  and the only place to be in response to the London Festival of Architecture.

Featuring talks, workshops, graffiti art-off, stand up comedy, poetry,
performance special opening night and many other surprises..
.London Festival of Architecture: http://architecturediary.org/london/events/5181
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437711189880990/

S.P.A.R look forward to seeing you at DEN-CITY 1 in Hackney Wick
Thank you to the tireless Rebecca Feiner for the opportunity

May / June Report: Dalston Rubble Updates

The sun is setting over Dalston, with the ongoing demolition of the
old ‘Peacocks’ Department store on Kingsland High Street
The new development will feature 83 private apartments
with apparently 15 ‘affordable’ flats/shops.

Developers Taylor Wimpy are demolishing all of the
building before turning the site into ‘FiftySevenEast’
It is a closed site and the Society was lucky to
catch a glimpse of rubble creation taking place.

S.P.A.R have little time left to save this rubble, there is a great
variety here, if not in colour certainly in shape and volume.
The new development is due to finish in 2017 and a
1 bedroom flat will start at nearly half a million (£470,000)!

Red fencing has long adorned this site on Kingsland Road,
as detailed in April’s report. It has recently received a
white fence replacement, revealing behind a single
mound of rubble, could this be a sign of further development?

The Society is investigating the plans for this site.
This neatly stacked pile of concrete and brick would
be wonderful adorning the foyer of the new building/s.

As detailed in our November 14 report, these local businesses
and artist studios in Dalston were torn down with little notice.
Still no aspirational billboards here and ongoing construction
has been slow. The Society are still trying to find out who will
eventually be taking delivery of the admirable rubble.

 Email your pictures of Admirable Rubble to
preserveadmirablerubble @ gmail.com and you
too will become a member of S.P.A.R

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S.P.A.R Report: Behind the Red Fence plus Members Photo (April 15)

S.P.A.R Report: Behind the Red Fence plus Members Photo (April 15)Preserve Admirable Rubble April 2015 These barriers have long been on Kingsland Road, E8
It is hard to recall when there was last a building here
It has recently been used for private car parking

The Society was greatly surprised by the profusion
and variety of rubble found behind the red fence

Bricks and stones of many sizes, an extensive paved area
was being dug-up, perhaps prior to foundation work

Beside the bricks was an almost equally large
configuration of concrete and metal

Kings05There is no entering this site, and not uncommonly
there is no indication of what is to come.
Planning permission had previously been refused on this site

Kings06These three rubble mountains were very distinctive
a few elements of each should be preserved in any new development

Kings07Members of the Society are always ready to document
new rubble configurations, there is so much rubble
to be found in London, and it is spreading

The red fence from the Southern end,
it is not far from the demolished Haggerston Estate
S.P.A.R are opposed to unnecessary fencing
such as at the Aylesbury Estate in South London:

Members Photo April : Deptford

SPARChildersByJPLFascinating elevated photo from JPL in Deptford
Demolition of the SR Building in Childers Street, SE8
They have kept the frontage, will this be entirely
‘luxury apartments’? It seems likely as it is
an Aitch Group / Mura Estates development

Remember: Preserve Admirable Rubble

Members and Non-Members send your photos to
preserveadmirablerubble (@) gmail.com

S.P.A.R on Resonance FM & London Bridge Rubble Report (March 15)

S.P.A.R on Resonance FM & London Bridge Rubble Report (March 15)

SPARresonancefmFrom left to right: The News Agents – Matteo Besana, Andrew Cooper, Brian Guest, Alice Walton

On Saturday 28th February Brian Guest from S.P.A.R was invited by Matteo Basana to
Resonance 104.4 fm’s The News Agents to talk about the
Society’s aim to preserve the rubble of the UK in the foyer of new developments
The News Agents is curated by Jude Cowan Montague, and this programme was
guest curated by Matteo Besana. Listen to the full programme on Mixcloud:

borough1S.P.A.R found a trajectory of rubble from
London Bridge station to Borough
This ‘development’ is close to Borough Station

borough2The Society could not see any rubble
as it was enclosed and alarmed

borough3However, close to the Resonance FM studio was a large
demolition site with plenty of exposed rubble

borough4A plethora of bricks, the red and yellow variety,
with broken concrete and stone abound

borough5You could almost reach these bricks
Will this brick stack stay remain in the new development?

borough6King’s College London are the clients for
127 -143 Borough High Street, Guy’s Hospital is very nearby.
8 retail units and a 100 room hotel are being planned
S.P.A.R could not find any housing provision

borough7It is a great shame to lose all this rubble,
perhaps some could be moved into the
foyer of the Shard?

borough8Gates blocked the site, walk down Borough High Street
you will soon reach Elephant & Castle and
the Aylesbury Estate, Andrew Cooper talked about the
Fight for the Aylesbury Estate on The News Agents

borough9One of our new members added this sticker, denoting it
as a S.P.A.R site of designated interest

borough10Crossing London Bridge and into the City this development
near Monument Station used to be a 1970’s office block
borough11This building at the north end of London Bridge,
will likely be replaced by another
office block – S.P.A.R’s principles remain,
keep a pile of this rubble in the new building

S.P.A.R Report December 14 / January 15 – Dalston Ruins Continued

S.P.A.R Report December 14 / January 15 – Dalston Ruins Continued Dalston10The Society has been documenting the demolition of these former studios in Dalston

Dalston09On 5th  December demolition intensified and a variety of rubble was revealed

Dalston08The Society ask please retain this tangle in the new development

Dalston07There was a proliferation of London bricks to the rear of the site

Dalston06By 12th December the rear buildings had been demolished
and only one building remained

Dalston04It was months before the demolition started, the Society noted a profusion of graffiti

Dalston03Only a shell remained of the building nearest Dalston Lane

Dalston02By 16 December the digger was busy destroying the final building

Dalston01By 16 December the buildings were in their last days

Dalston11-050115The Society visited on 5th January 2015 and all buildings were demolished, the next
stage is to find the developers and keep this rubble for the foyer of new building

S.P.A.R November Report – Dalston: A Portrait of Destruction

S.P.A.R – November Report – Dalston: A Portrait of Destruction

SPAR Dalston The Society has noted the increase of rubble in
Dalston, North-East London
This great profusion and variety of rubble was found
on 13 November 2014

DalstonSPA02By 18 November the rubble had grown substantially
For many years these premises were small businesses
and artist studios before their short-notice eviction

DalstonSPA03The Society would like these bricks to be retained
and a pile (size to be determined)  to be kept in the new building

DalstonSPA04Many bricks looked quite unharmed by the demolition

DalstonSPA05Crushed and twisted metal
The developers hoardings are not yet up
Is this to be retained in the new building?


S.P.A.R will continue to report on demolition sites across the UK
Members and Non-members can send photos of admirable rubble to:
preserveadmirablerubble (@) gmail.com

S.P.A.R in Folkestone – October Report

 S.P.A.R in Folkestone, Kent – 26 October 14

S.P.A.R in FolkestoneThe Society found this demolition site right by the sea

S.P.A.R in FolkestoneThe Folkestone Harbor wall was being reconstructed

S.P.A.R in FolkestoneWere buildings demolished here as well?

S.P.A.R in FolkestoneIf you know of any buildings on this site of admirable rubble
S.P.A.R members of Folkestone contact the Society
by emailing:
preserveadmirablerubble (@) gmail.com

S.P.A.R Centre Camden – Meeting at the Camden Image Gallery

S.P.A.R Centre Camden at “Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” Camden Image Gallery
17th – 20th October 2014

Camden Image Gallery, 174 Royal College Street, Camden, London, NW1 0SP

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberBrian Guest – Introduces S.P.A.R. Centre Camden

The Society was given the opportunity to present the S.P.A.R Centre Camden during the exhibition
Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” at the Camden Image Gallery from 17th – 20th October 2014.
Curated by Geraldine Gallavardin – http://lab451london.com/

Founder and General Secretary Brian Guest was present on Thursday 16th October (6-8pm)
and Saturday 18th October (5-10pm) to talk about all aspects of the campaign.
There many new members who were encouraged to draw their
ideal admirable rubble and contribute their own rubble stories.

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberS.P.A.R Centre Camden

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberS.P.A.R Centre Camden

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberVisitors to S.P.A.R Centre Camden

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberHere Brian Guest shows a new member the S.P.A.R Rubble Archive

SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 OctoberMembers could draw their ideal and most admirable
rubble there were many imaginative contributions
SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 October
SPAR Centre Camden 17-20 October

 A new S.P.A.R member touches rubble, someday this
rubble will return to it’s home in Haggerston

Inaugural Meeting of S.P.A.R at Nunhead Library on Saturday 20th September 2014

Inaugural Meeting of S.P.A.R at Nunhead Library on Saturday 20th September 2014
01NunheadBrian Guest at Nunhead Library - S.P.A.R Inaugeral MeetingNunhead Library was built in 1896  thanks to benefactor Passmore Edwards
Here is Brian Guest  (SPAR founder and general secretary)
with some 21st Century rubble

03NunheadNunhead Library kindly allowed the Society use the foyer area to show examples
of admirable rubble, visitors could join the Society and draw their ideal rubble

04NunheadNew members contemplate the SPAR objectives: to leave physical evidence
of demolished buildings in the communal area of buildings replacing them
05NunheadBrian Guest talks about the Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (SPAR)

06NunheadA fine example of rubble brought from Haggerston (E8)
for temporary display at Nunhead Library

07NunheadSPAR update: The rubble at the former Nunhead Community Centre is  greatly reduced.
Only the foreground mixture of brick and wood remains
Southwark Council please retain some of this
rubble for display in the new building!

Admirable Rubble Inside & Out: Stratford / Bow September (2)

Admirable Rubble Inside & Out: Stratford / Bow September (2)

This report concerns types of rubble and whether rubble can only really be found outside

Stratford, 7 September 2014 Capital Tower: In Stratford the rubble is hidden behind colourful hordings

Stratford, 7 September 2014Is this mass of metal also rubble?
Rubble does not need to be just bricks and mortar

Stratford, 7 September 2014This tangle should at least have a home in
‘Capital Towers’, S.P.A.R can make that happen

Stratford, 7 September 2014
At Stratford Riverside nearby there was magnificent rubble

Stratford, 7 September 2014Brick, concrete, iron, steel under the bright blue sky

Bow (A12), 7 September 2014
This building is still standing yet there is much rubble inside

Bow (A12), 7 September 2014There is controversy as to whether rubble inside is truly admirable
but who can dispute this

Bow (A12), 7 September 2014This is minor rubble, but rubble never-the-less

Balfron Tower, 7 September 2014We continued onto Balfron Tower, Erno Goldfinger’s 1967
building. Soon the inside will be rubble when it gets
‘renovated’ for private apartments

Poplar, 7 September 2014
Close to Balfron Tower there was a fine example of SCALE in rubble
Note the large slabs to the left, the broken concrete below
and smaller red bricks strewn at ground-level