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Report - Co-op Building Woolwich 09 - London

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Za Gringo, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Za Gringo

    Za Gringo 28DL Zoo Member
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    Visited this twice now once with Mito 08/09? and then with Kevin Arnold 01/10. The second time involved a lot less barbed wire and fewer fireman exits.

    The locals are trying to save it so here is a couple of quotes and a petition from their cause. Ps ill up a couple of externals later, it's them that you can see the deco glory.

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    The Art Deco Co-Op on Powis Street, Woolwich is a well-loved local landmark, sadly earmarked for demolition by Greenwich Council, despite recommendations by English Heritage that it is a vital part of the townscape and worth preserving.

    The building does not meet criteria for listing, but it is a fine example of art deco and is a vital part of the west end of Powis Street, which includes other buildings of the period that are occupied and thus safe. The Co-Op is a vital part of Woolwich's "Art Deco Quarter" and the shell, at least, should be preserved and recycled in the planned Woolwich Triangle development rather than demolished.

    Rev. Sue Scottley ( www.welovewoolwich.co.uk ) writes: Most of the site is empty Victorian shops which have been left to rot for some years, and have taken the opportunity with glee, but the Co-Op building is a striking art deco style department store with a tower and is a one of three large 1930s buildings at that end of town. The other two are safe, being occupied by a church and a bingo hall, indeed the bingo hall was open during the London Open House weekends because it's so beautiful and well-preserved. So even though that end of town could well be described as our "Art Deco quarter" the Council insists on wanting to demolish the Co-Op. I've started petitions online and in town, and I'm getting quite a lot of support. . I live across the road from the rotting Victoriana, and am disgusted and aghast with the Council that seems determined to write off my end of town a hopeless dump, even though my side of the street is thriving and has no vacant shops! I really don't see why they can't refurbish and redevelop rather than demolish the whole "Triangle".

    If you would like to see this building kept there is a petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/woolwich/


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    Not to far off the Gillette Deco staircase.

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    Finally, a sink full of shit! No idea how long it takes for a pigeon to fill this up.

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  2. kevin arnold

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    A few from me:

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  3. Za Gringo

    Za Gringo 28DL Zoo Member
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    Sometimes im slow and sometimes im really slow with reports. Here is some out side ones as promised.

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    Oh and we bumped into this little chappie outside!

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    At last , enjoy. Mental note. -must improve workflow- :)
     
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