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The Ragged School Blog Deptford

Friday, August 04, 2006

Borthwick Wharf

Borthwick WharfA recent ad hoc meeting in Twinkle Park took place to alert local heritage campaigners that Borthwick Wharf has commenced its demolition programme. The Edwin Cooper cold storage wharf is a fine example of early 20th century brick building. The site could have been a spectacular conversion with similar potential of Tate Modern. Sadly Greenwich Council planning department and every ruling authority above it have granted the demolition of the building to a developer who will replace it with bland apartments. The whole story is quite long and complicated and for reasons of propriety I will wait until I can recount the exact truth before publishing any further details. Suffice to say that the decision represents a gross setback for both the conservation movement and modern 'regenerationists' who advocate reusing old buildings.


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