Latest revision of Lenox Project Vision

We are delighted to announce that the latest version of the Lenox Project Vision document has been published.

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This version has been revised to include more detail of our proposals for the project and the site, and are set within the context of the conclusions of the GLA feasibility study.

You can download the new document from our website here.

Feasibility study report published by GLA

The final report of the independent study to identify the most feasible location for The Lenox Project on Convoys Wharf was published on 15 December 2015.

The report, by consultant Buro Happold, identifies a site on the safeguarded wharf as the most feasible option of those considered.

The study supports our own assessment of the benefits that The Lenox Project will bring to the development and the wider community as follows:

  • The project will enhance the overall attractiveness of the development and will have positive regenerative impacts on the local community.
  • The location of the project will create a standalone visitor attraction within the development and present opportunities for supporting commercial facilities to develop locally.
  • The Lenox Project is expected to attract huge visitor numbers, which will support a wide range of local businesses and become a prime catalyst in the regeneration of Deptford.
  • The commercial uses around the Lenox would gain from the induced spending impact of the Lenox visitors. These benefits will have a wider impact on the local community, once the project is established as a major tourist attraction.

The remit of the study was to examine different lease scenarios for The Lenox Project on two sites, the safeguarded wharf and the Olympia building, and to rank them in order of feasibility.

The report also identified negotiation of new lease terms as a key factor in determining the level of success of the project and its wider aims.

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Aerial view of the site with the Olympia Building in red and the safeguarded wharf in blue

The detailed scenarios can be viewed in the published report, which is available to download from the GLA website. They are summarised as follows:

Olympia Building options:
Half of the Olympia Building would be made available to The Lenox Project, with waterway access to the Thames and a home berth provided by reinstatement of a part of the original basin. The lease terms involved a combination of market and peppercorn rents for varying periods up to a maximum of 20 years. The space would not have allowed the project to realise its wider aims, unless it were able to expand beyond the Olympia Building, which was not on offer for the purposes of the study.

The assessor consulted the developer, Hutchison Whampoa, and The Lenox Project during the initial stages of the study and it soon became apparent that being located in the Olympia Building, whilst preferable in terms of historical context and central location, carried a much higher risk of delay to the project. This was because the start of the project would be wholly dependent on the developer progressing the refurbishment of the building, not withstanding the fact that the space on offer would not accommodate the project.

Safeguarded wharf options:
The Lenox Project would be accommodated on 3,975m² of the safeguarded wharf with waterway access to the Thames and an additional area required for the home berth. The lease terms also involved a combination of market and peppercorn rents for varying periods up to a maximum of 20 years. The option chosen in the study as the most feasible also allowed for extending the lease terms beyond 20 years by mutual agreement in circumstances were the safeguarded wharf were de-designated.

The GLA provided information on the emerging approach for the devolution of wharf powers to the Mayor of London, and the possible removal of safeguarding for Convoys Wharf. The GLA also advised that the process of deregulating the wharf would be aided by the presence of The Lenox Project on the site. This was the most important issue raised during the study, with potentially significant benefits for the feasibility of the project. In addition, deregulation of the wharf would trigger diversion of funds to The Lenox Project that were originally set aside by the developer for wharf activities.

As part of the feasibility study process, The Lenox Project provided the assessor with information on how the project could occupy the safeguarded wharf. The assessor produced a plan showing how the various elements of the project might be accommodated, including a dry dock for construction of the Lenox, a wet dock to provide a home berth and the Deptford Dockyard Museum. The Lenox Project would occupy the entire river frontage on the safeguarded wharf, with access for pedestrians and cyclists maintained along the riverside.

Lenox Project Site Plan

The conclusion of the independent feasibility study allows the Lenox Project to embark on the next stage; preparation of a business plan based on firm proposals for the location of the project.

The full report can be downloaded from the GLA’s website.

Lenox gifts on sale at the Winter Fair this Saturday!

We’ll be at the Winter Fair at Lewisham Arthouse this Saturday, so come along if you want to buy our fantastic t-shirts, tea towels or bags as christmas gifts and help a local community project into the bargain!

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The fair takes place at Lewisham Arthouse which is on Lewisham Way, close to the top of Tanners Hill. There’s a selection of craft and gift stalls and refreshments will be available; it’s open 11am till 6pm.

New Lenox brochure published

We are updating our publications to reflect the current status of the Lenox Project, with the feasibility study now concluded.

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The Lenox Project brochure is a four-page publication which gives a brief overview of our aims and objectives, the history of the site and the ship, and similar projects elsewhere in the world.

To download the brochure in pdf format please click here.

The Lenox in context

We are very lucky that the Lenox Project historian Richard Endsor is also a talented artist.

He has drawn up a sketch of how the Lenox might look in context with Royal Greenwich in the background – the Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark providing a very fitting setting for this magnificent vessel. The Olympia Building can be seen on the right of the picture, with the Master Shipwright’s House behind it and the modern developments between here and Greenwich shown too. The towers and other buildings proposed for the Royal Dockyard site have been left out for clarity at this stage.

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The Lenox Project featured on Gizmodo

We were delighted to get a write-up on the Gizmodo website last month under the heading ‘monster machines’. You can read the full article on their website.

Of course the Tudor period was over long before the Lenox was built and launched in 1678, she is in fact classified as a Restoration warship, as is made clear in our historian Richard Endsor’s incredible book.

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It’s great to get this kind of exposure, however, and we are very grateful to Mark Mayne who researched and wrote the piece for the website.

Visit to the Gotheborg at Dover

On a very wet August bank holiday Monday, a small number of the Lenox crew visited Dover to board the Swedish replica ship Gotheborg which was moored there for a couple of days on her way to Great Yarmouth.
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It was fascinating to find out about the 18th century ship which she was modelled on, and how the replica, which was built in 2005, had been adapted to allow her to travel the world and sail into port on all continents.
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Despite the appalling weather the Gotheborg was still attracting a large number of visitors, and we were able to see the crew being put through their paces on the rigging, and receiving instructions and guidance on the tasks that they would be responsible for during the subsequent voyage.
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We were lucky to be welcomed by the crew manager Andrea and bosun Woody who gave us a brief explanation of the set-up on the ship and invited us to visit the ship again once she is back in Sweden, so that we can meet some of those who worked on her construction and fund raising.

The Gotheborg left Dover at 4pm, firing a salute from her cannons as she did so. If you are able to make it to Great Yarmouth for the maritime festival this weekend, do take the opportunity to go aboard the Gotheborg, it is certainly worth the effort.

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The Swedish ship Gotheborg at Sail Amsterdam

The Dutch really know how to celebrate ships – and the general public has an insatiable fascination with them! This short film of the Swedish replica ship Gotheborg at the recent Sail Amsterdam festival shows this very clearly!

The Gotheborg is currently making a brief visit to the UK – after stopping off at Dover last weekend she will be visiting Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to take part in the Maritime Festival from 4th-6th September.

Tall Ships Festival in Woolwich

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The Tall Ships Festival in Woolwich provided a great opportunity for The Lenox Project to spread the word about our plans to build a replica ship in Deptford. With thousands of people expected on the Royal Arsenal site, we were able to bring our plans to a new audience and as usual, we were delighted to hear the enthusiasm and excitement of everyone we spoke to.
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We had spent some time revising and updating the display boards in the trailer and these were put on show for the first time – we were also delighted that we were able to buy a new ‘all-weather’ gazebo using donations from our supporters. This was a fantastic improvement on the one we have been using – not only did it give us lots of space in which to store our merchandise, but the gazebo was sturdy and waterproof enough to provide shelter during the rainy afternoon and evening, keeping our spirits up during the last few hours of the day.
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Thank you to everyone who came along to meet us, those who gave us words of encouragement or offers of help, and who bought merchandise or joined our mailing list. Even the mayor of Greenwich Norman Adams and his deputy Olu Babatola dropped by to hear about the project – don’t be surprised if you see us in Greenwich Time next week!
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New t-shirts now on sale online!

We have some fantastic new t-shirts now available to help our fund-raising efforts, thanks to the designs created by Lush Designs in Deptford.

These t-shirts are exclusive to The Lenox Project and can be bought online for just £15 which includes second class postage within the UK. All proceeds from your purchase go directly towards covering our costs – printing flyers, updating our exhibition boards, paying our hosting costs and so on.

The design is printed on 100% cotton Fruit of the Loom t-shirts in ‘lady fit’ and regular unisex cuts. Ladies sizes are S (10-12 UK size), M (12-14 UK size), L (14-16 UK size) and XL (16-18 UK size). We also have unisex in S (40″ chest), M (42″ chest), L (44″ chest) and XL (46″ chest).

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How to order

Please email buildthelenox@gmail.com with details of your order (number, type and size) and mailing address for delivery. Please also state how you wish to pay – by Paypal (we will then send an invoice to your email address), cheque or bank transfer.