Pepys estate 50th anniversary festival

On Saturday 16th July the Pepys Estate in Deptford will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and we’ll be taking part in a special event to celebrate this milestone!

Come along to the 2000 Community Action Centre on Grove Street to join in the fun – we’ll be there with the Lenox Project from 2pm onwards.

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Read all about the Lenox – at a special price!

We are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a generous discount with the publisher of Richard Endsor’s incredible book The Restoration Warship – a beautifully-illustrated hardback publication that we often refer to as the Lenox Project’s ‘bible’ in that it contains all the information we need to build the ship!

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We are offering a very special price for our supporters – you can buy it for just £40, which is ten pounds less than it sells for on Amazon. Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, Bloomsbury, this still enables us to make some profit from the sale. Of course if you want to match Amazon’s price you’ll be supporting the Lenox Project even more generously!

We’ll have it on sale at all our events this year – watch the website for more information – and can arrange local pick-up in Deptford SE8 for the special price of £40.

Please enquire via info@buildthelenox.org to arrange this, or for P&P costs if you want it mailing out to you.

Read more about the book on Richard’s website http://www.richardendsor.co.uk

Friends of Nunhead Cemetery open day 21st May

A date for the diary of anyone wanting to come along and catch up with us – and visit one of London’s lesser known cemeteries at the same time!

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We are taking part in Nunhead Cemetery open day again this year; do come along to meet us as we’ll be there with our restored Saker cannon on show, and merchandise for sale!

The open day is also a fantastic excuse to visit Nunhead Cemetery and find out more about it, visit the chapel and crypt on a guided tour, wander through the leafy grounds, and support local organisations such as the Lenox Project, and Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, which is responsible for organising the event.

Convoys Wharf site visit

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The project site looking west towards Deptford Strand

Members of the Lenox Project team visited the safeguarded wharf on the Convoys Wharf site last week to assess project site options with the developer, Hutchison Whampoa.

Lenox Project director Julian Kingston and architectural adviser David Graham inspected the area of the riverside site that was proposed as the most feasible location for the scheme by independent consultant Buro Happold in its report which was published earlier this year. 

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The canal entrance viewed from the foreshore

The visit was facilitated by Paul Hunt, senior commercial & development manager at Hutchison Property Group (UK), and was preceded by a foreshore walk at low tide to inspect the river wall, in particular the entrance to the canal which originally occupied part of the site.

Our proposals involve reusing the canal to create the docks necessary to build the Lenox and provide a home berth. South of the canal entrance, the alignment of the canal can also be clearly seen at ground level where the top of the buried canal walls are delineated by stonework.

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The canal entrance looking east towards Greenwich

A significant amount of work is required to develop these proposals in conjunction with the developer and gain the necessary approvals, and we look forward to starting this process as soon as is practicable.

Community projects update event on 23 April

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We’ll be at the Deptford Lounge in Giffin Street on 23 April along with our sister project Sayes Court Garden – come along and find out what we’ve been up to over the last few months.

We’re looking to recruit new team members too, to help us move the project up a gear. If you are interested in being involved in this exciting project, come along and find out more!

Saturday 23 April, 12.30-3pm

Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ

Deptford Station/Deptford Bridge DLR/Buses 49, 188, 199, 53, 453

http://deptfordlounge.org.uk

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.

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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.

The Lenox in context