All about the Anne – learn about the sister ship of the Lenox

The Anne was the sister ship of the Lenox, and her wreck, which lies off the English coast at Pett Level near Hastings, is owned by the Warship Anne Trust; part of the Nautical Museums Trust that owns the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings.

King Charles II had the Anne built at Chatham by Phineas Pett II and she was launched in 1678. She was also one of the 30 ships programme and was visited by King James II in 1687, before she carried a German princess to Lisbon to be the bride of King Pedro II of Portugal. It is believed that she was named after James II’s daughter Anne who later became Queen.

She was run ashore in July 1690 after being seriously damaged by the French navy in the Battle of Beachy Head, and was ordered to be burnt by her Captain, John Tyrrell to stop her being taken as a French prize. During that battle several Dutch ships were lost, but this was the only English fleet casualty.

Last year some of our team went down to Hastings on a very low tide to help the Shipwreck Museum with some surveys of the ship’s remains.

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The Shipwreck Museum is hosting a one-day seminar about the Anne on Saturday 4th July at St Clement’s Church in Hastings. As well as a presentation by Lenox expert Richard Endsor, the programme includes David Davies, Ann Coats, Peter Marsden and Robert Stone.

For full details and to book tickets visit the website.
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Countdown to L’Hermione’s voyage to America

The project to construct the replica ship Hermione in Rochefort, France, was one of the main inspirations for the Lenox Project.

It is thrilling to see her now in the final stages of preparing to set off on her first voyage – across the Atlantic to the USA! After two decades of construction she will set sail on 18th April to cross the Atlantic and visit 11 ports on the eastern seabord of the USA.

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The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before making landfall at Yorktown, Virginia.

As the Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, she will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities. These include in some ports a traveling exhibition and a heritage village that will be accessible to the public. The Hermione Voyage 2015 is part of an expansive outreach programme with cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programmes that celebrate the trip and mark its progress.

The ‘grand depart’ takes place on 18th April and you can follow the ship’s progress on the website and on the Hermione Facebook page. 

Feasibility study for the Lenox Project

In a few weeks’ time, the GLA will invite bids from independent assessors to carry out a study to determine the most feasible location on the Convoys Wharf site for the Lenox Project. This study forms part of the provision made by the Mayor of London for the Lenox Project as part of his decision to approve the planning application.

The full details of the invitation to pitch can be found in Annex 4 of the Section 106 agreement (starting on page 163) but the main points are outlined below.

The fee for the study is £20,000; this is being contributed by developer Hutchison Whampoa as negotiated by the GLA.

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The assessor is only required to consider two potential locations on the site; the Olympia Building (pink on the map) and the Safeguarded Wharf (beige).

Our request that the assessor should be allowed to consider other potential locations was rejected by the Mayor last year.

The brief states that the Lenox Project requires a weatherproof area for shipbuilding of a minimum 52m long and 22m wide; it must be 16.5m high with additional clearance for a gantry crane. The project also requires space for storage, workshops and a visitor centre, and public access to these spaces is crucial for revenues.

The assessor is also only required to consider two scenarios for each potential location.

Olympia Building scenario 1: main shipbuilding in half of the Olympia Building, with waterway access required to the Thames for launch. Occupation of half the building at market rent for cultural use for a minimum term of 10 years and up to a maximum of 20, if a greater term is required to secure funding. Option for a subsequent lease at market rent by mutual agreement.

Olympia Building scenario 2: main shipbuilding in half of the Olympia Building, with waterway access required to the Thames for launch. Occupation of half the building at peppercorn rent for a minimum term of 10 years and up to a maximum of 20, if a greater term is required to secure funding, provided that any period over the initial 10 years is at market rent for cultural use. Option for a subsequent lease at market rent by mutual agreement.

Safeguarded Wharf scenario 1: main shipbuilding on 3,975sqm of safeguarded wharf with waterway access to the Thames for launch. Occupation of the safeguarded wharf at a peppercorn rent for a minimum term of 10 years and up to a maximum of 20, if a greater term is required to secure funding, provided that any period over the initial 10 years is at market rent for cultural use. No option for a subsequent lease due to existing wharf policy requirements.

Safeguarded Wharf scenario 2: main shipbuilding on 3,975sqm of safeguarded wharf with waterway access to the Thames for launch and the applicant making a contribution to the cost of waterway access. Occupation of the safeguarded wharf at a peppercorn rent for a minimum term of 10 years and up to a maximum of 20, if a greater term is required to secure funding, provided that any period over the initial 10 years is at market rent for cultural use. Option for a subsequent lease at market rent by mutual agreement, if there is a change in wharf policy requirements or the safeguarded wharf is de-designated.

The assessor will be asked to rank the four options in terms of their feasibility for delivering the Lenox Project, considering the influences of a number of factors. These include project delivery (extent of enabling works required, practicality of accommodating the project, and of delivering materials, compatibility with the site master plan, practicality of launch and of securing a permanent berth); project viability (costs for enabling works, ship building, future maintenance and potential for visitor attraction); heritage impact; environmental impact and impact on the approved Convoys Wharf master plan.

Once an assessor is chosen, they will have six weeks in which to carry out the research and write a draft feasibility report, after which it will be circulated for review by ourselves and Hutchison Whampoa.

A final report will then be produced by the assessor, having regard to any comments made in the review process.

Assuming that the feasibility study proceeds to the GLA’s proposed timeline, the final report should be published towards the end of July.

Section 106 provisions for the community projects

A new phase begins for community groups The Lenox Project and Sayes Court Garden, with the signing of the Section 106 agreement that forms part of the Convoys Wharf planning application. Developer Hutchison Whampoa can now begin construction on the site of the former Deptford Dockyard.

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The Lenox Project must now await the outcome of a feasibility study that will assess four options for the Lenox Project’s presence on the site – two in the Olympia Building and two on the Safeguarded Wharf – and will rank them accordingly.

Both the Lenox Project and Sayes Court Garden must bid for funding from the Community Project Contribution fund to assist the preparation of their business plans. These must be approved by the developer and Lewisham Council before the projects can begin the process of negotiating leases for the site.

We acknowledge the efforts that have been made on our behalf by planning officers from the Greater London Authority and Lewisham Council, however we continue to have reservations about the future viability of our project under the terms that are proposed.

Throughout the negotiation process we put considerable effort into trying to persuade the GLA to extend the scope of the feasibility study to include the whole site, rather than focussing purely on two options, as we believed the restricted brief did not accord with the Mayor’s intention when he imposed the condition. In the GLA planning report that was published alongside the final Section 106 agreement, the Mayor has confirmed that the terms as drafted do accord with his intentions, and we are no longer in a position to pursue this matter.

As a result of negotiations by the GLA, the lease terms that the developer is required to offer the Lenox Project have been marginally improved, but still fail to include any obligation to provide us with a secured long-term presence on the site.

It is entirely at the discretion of the developer whether the Lenox Project will be allowed to remain on the site once the ship has been built.

The matter of long-term uncertainty is still a serious issue for the viability of the Lenox Project.

Now that the Section 106 has been concluded, and having sought legal advice, we believe that the most productive way forward for us is to continue to make every effort to engage in a positive manner with the owner, the GLA and Lewisham Council to find a solution that will enable our project to succeed, if one exists within the limitations that have been imposed.

We await the outcome of the feasibility study, at which point we will make a decision on how to proceed.

For more information please see the documents that are linked below:

Signed 106 agreement
Clauses relating to the Lenox Project (page 149)
Clauses relating to The John Evelyn Centre and Sayes Court Garden (page 154).

Feasibility study scope Annex 4 (page 163)

Lease terms for Lenox Project Annex 5 (page 171)

Lease terms for John Evelyn Centre Annex 6 (page 174)

GLA planning report on the obligations secured on behalf of The Lenox Project and Sayes Court Garden

Convoys Wharf Section 106 Legal Agreement Now Signed

On 10th March the Mayor of London granted outline planning permission for the Convoys Wharf development. The associated section 106 legal agreement was also signed on this date. The Lenox Project CIC will issue a press release shortly commenting on the final document and setting out the next stages of the process. A link to the GLA website is provided here; all of the planning documents including the signed section 106 document are available on the GLA website page. A direct link to the section 106 document is here.

Support us at Waitrose throughout February!

We are delighted to announce that Waitrose in Greenwich has selected us as one of their three local good causes to participate in their Community Matters charity scheme during the month of February.

During the whole of this month, anyone shopping at Waitrose will be able to show their support for us by dropping the green token into our box next to the checkouts. At the end of the month, a total of £1,000 donated by the Greenwich branch will be divided between the three charities based on the proportion of tokens in each box.

community mattersWe are up against some stiff Greenwich competition – namely the Royal Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College – but we hope that we will get a strong vote not only from our Deptford supporters but also from our Greenwich neighbours.

They are all great causes to support, but we hope you will choose ours as being the one of greatest need!

So don’t forget to give us your token – and if the checkout staff forget to give you one, don’t be embarrassed to ask!

Further extension to the signing of the section 106 agreement for Convoys Wharf

The Mayor of London has authorised a seventh extension to the deadline for completion of the Section 106 agreement relating to the Convoys Wharf planning application, taking it to 27th February.

The planning report, which was issued on 28th January by the GLA, states that the extension is partly related to consideration of representation received from both the Lenox and Sayes Court Garden Projects. However, on this occasion expert advice is also being sought regarding the affordable housing review mechanism.

A link to the GLA planning report dated 28th January 2015 is here.

Dan Snow presents ‘The Mary Rose: A Timewatch Guide’

Dan Snow, one of the patrons of the Lenox Project, will present a Timewatch documentary on BBC4 this week about the discovery of the Mary Rose. Dan will use BBC archive footage from the last 40 years to chart the discovery of the wreck, her excavation and eventual recovery, and will examine what the latest research has revealed about this iconic ship and her crew.

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The wreck of the Mary Rose (copyright Mary Rose Museum)

Tuesday 3 February at 21:00hrs. For the link to the BBC website click here.

If you miss the documentary, you can always visit the Mary Rose Museum website to discover more about this amazing vessel.

Sixth Thames Shipbuilding Symposium

Lenox specialist Richard Endsor, the project’s leading historian, is among an eminent collection of experts giving presentations at the Sixth Thames Shipbuilding Symposium organised by the Docklands History Group in May.

Lenox6thSympThe event will take place at the Museum of London Docklands on Saturday 9th May, and the programme includes Professor Andrew Lambert, Dr Ian Friel and Des Pawson among others.

The full programme can be found here.

For more information on the Docklands History Group visit the website.

Further extension to the signing of the section 106 agreement for Convoys Wharf

The Mayor of London has authorised a sixth extension to the deadline for completion of the Section 106 agreement relating to the Convoys Wharf planning application, taking it to 30th January.

The planning report, which was issued yesterday by the GLA, states that the extension is partly related to consideration of comments received from both the Lenox and Sayes Court Garden Projects. The Lenox Project is still awaiting sight of the revised Section 106 document and terms of the feasibility study.

Please see a link to the planning decision below.

GLA planning report dated 6th January 2015