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Report - Kidbrooke - Ferrier Estate June 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by death_by_maumau, Aug 7, 2013.

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    In the words of Dr. Nick - 'Hi everybody!' Here goes with my virgin post, hope it's in the right place and I've followed all the house rules. Apologies if this place has been done to death.

    Ferrier Estate
    Wikipedia says 'as of 2012, the Ferrier Estate has been completely demolished.' Whoever wrote that must have been completely Schindlers as I was there in May/June and there was plenty to see - even if they have gutted quite a bit of the old girl. The whole place is fenced off as you'd expect with the developers moving in so hard and fast. Kidbrooke is only 15 minutes away from Cannon Street and they can probably smell that city boy money! The surrounding area has been tarted up with a shiny new sainsburys local, high-end childcare centre and freshly-laid lawn everywhere. Everything things new and surgically-planned and the adverts make it clear that the new swanky complex will have the much more welcoming name, 'Kidbrooke Village', which sounds a million miles away from the grey hell depicted in Nil By Mouth (filmed here). But as you make your way around the perimeter, the brutalist grey husks rise up, the years peel back and you can see the estate properly it for all its glorious grot.

    History
    From wiki: Ferrier was constructed by the London County Council on an old brownfield site to the east of Blackheath. The Ferrier Estate was built on two sites. Site A, approved in 1967, consisted of five 12-storey towers (Clegg, Crozier, Goldmark, Leclair and Sala Houses). Site B, approved in 1970, consisted of six 12-storey towers (Felton, Ronald, Stainer, Standish, Sterling and Wixom Houses).[1] The estate was built using a system of concrete panels, usually manufactured on site rather like the Thamesmead estate in order to enable buildings to be erected quickly.

    While the rest of the south of the borough of Greenwich (where Stephen Lawrence was murdered) remained mainly white British, refugee families were concentrated on the Ferrier estate. Whereas nearby Eltham became associated with racism, the Ferrier estate had a tolerant multicultural community.

    The Government Care in the Community policy resulted in people being housed there with inadequate support. Allocations decisions meant that a number of vulnerable and troubled tenants were housed there by the LCC and Greenwich Council. The estate was in the worst 3% nationally for child deprivation. Security keypads routinely went unrepaired, and in 1999, Prince Michael of Kent and the British Security Industry Association started a property-marking initiative at the Ferrier Estate, due to its notoriety as a 'burglary blackspot'.[2] This was a small help to the majority law-abiding residents.

    In 2001, the "Shoe Bomber" was arrested and his origins traced back to the Ferrier estate. The press speculated that a terror cell and terrorist training facility was found on the Ferrier Estate.


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    Pretty sure Mr. Security Man had rumbled us by the end, he didn't seem very happy.


    Thanks - you've been a great crowd.
     
    #1 death_by_maumau, Aug 7, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2013

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