The Lenox Project makes the news

The Lenox Project was featured on ITN a couple of weeks ago in a short item focussing on community champions – our director Julian Kingston was hailed as one for his efforts in pushing the project forward.

The interviews were filmed during our Open House event at the Master Shipwright’s House in Deptford on 17 September 2016.

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Build the Lenox on BBC Radio London

It has been a very busy few weeks for the Lenox Project, and we’ve got lots of things to share with you, including press coverage and progress on the project.

Last Saturday morning, ahead of Open House weekend, the Lenox Project secretary Helena Russell was interviewed on BBC Radio London, and it’s available to listen to on iplayer until the end of the week.

The link is here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p01gch5w/ – and it should take you right to the interview, otherwise you can scroll to 2 hours 15 minutes for the start. It’s only available through a regular web browser, not on tablet or iphone apps.

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Lenox Project in the news

The Lenox Project was featured on the front page of the South London Press, Friday 14th September. The project was also covered in some detail this week in a great piece by Laurence Dodds for East London Lines. 
Newsblog The Londonist and local blog Transpontinealso covered the story.Nick Rutherford wrote in the SLP:Enthusiasts in Deptford hope to build a life-size replica of a 17th century warship to attract visitors and regenerate the area.The Lenox was built in the royal dockyard at Deptford between 1677 and 1678 as centrepiece of Charles II’s fleet.

The Build The Lenox group has drawn up plans to create a 52m replica of the ship from around 1,900 oak trees and “a substantial amount” of other trees including ash, which will be “sourced sustainably”.
Project director Julian Kingston said: “Around one million tourists visit Greenwich each year but don’t realise that Deptford has an equally important maritime history.

“It was the first royal dockyard and some of the greatest ships from the 16th to 19th centuries were built or refitted here. It was the Cape Kennedy of its day, at the centre of things. Even all the biscuits eaten on ships all over the world were sent out from Deptford.”

Mr Kingston, 60, who is a boat builder, came up with the idea two years ago and there are now eight members in the group – including a maritime historian, bridge builder, graphic designer and architect – and around 400 supporters on the mailing list.

If building goes ahead, the Lenox will be the centrepiece of the redevelopment of the 42-acre Convoys Wharf, which is seeking to build 3,500 new homes, a school and cultural spaces along the riverside.

Mr Kingston said the project would bring employment and education opportunities, and that visitors would be able to watch the construction in progress over an estimated eight-year period. He said: “We are in the early stages now and looking for funding (he estimates costs of about £23m). If this goes ahead, it will bring focus, identity and pride back to Deptford.

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Battle of Convoys Wharf

Evening StandardA two page article with the title ‘Battle of Convoys Wharf’ featured in the Evening Standard on Wednesday 26th October, in the arts section of the newspaper. The article was written by Kieran Long and addresses some of the issues that locals want to be more extensively considered by the council and developer Hutchison Whampoa.

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