Swedish Quays – described as “aesthetically challenging” by the Guardian’s architecture critic last year – has been given grade II listed status by the Government.

The complex of 95 homes next to South Dock is one of a number of 1980s buildings to be listed now that they have reached the minimum age – 30 years – for listed status.

From the official listing record:

Swedish Quays of 1986-1990, by David Price and Gordon Cullen, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* a striking and distinctive Post-Modern composition with precise, multi-layered detailing skilfully executed in good quality materials;

* contextually astute, its monumental scale and use of materials references the former buildings and dock walls of the industrial landscape in which it sits;

Historic interest:

* a successful example of townscape created by Gordon Cullen, Britain’s most influential planning theorist and architectural illustrator of the post-war period.

With a week to go till the local elections, representatives of the four biggest parties took part in hustings at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday.

Apart from a few references to traffic jams in Jamaica Road and the Biscuit Factory development, there wasn’t much about SE16, but many of the issues have relevance across the borough.

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Hawker House Canada Water

Hawker House – the street food emporium in the former WHAT!!! stores building at Canada Water – has applied to extend its planning permission till the end of 2019.

Street Feast, the venue’s operator, says in its application to Southwark Council:

Hawker House has operated successfully at Canada Water for two and a half years and has become established as a popular community asset on a site that would otherwise remain unoccupied. Surveys of Hawker House customers undertaken by the applicant have shown that approximately 4 in 10 of the visitors come from the local area. Four in 10 of Hawker House’s staff also live locally.

The applicant now expects the property to be available for an extended period than originally expected, and is therefore seeking to extend the existing planning permission on the same terms as those previously granted.

Full details at 18/AP/0889.

Hawker House retained its licence last autumn despite objections from nearby residents.

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The church of St James’s Bermondsey has announced that stonework repairs on the tower will soon begin as scaffolding is erected to the very top.

The works are funded by £232,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with a contribution of £57,000 from the Parochial Church Council of St James’s. The work is due to be finished by mid September.

The work will include much-needed repair to the tower and portico stonework, to the clock face and bell, and to the golden dragon weather vane.

Two open days will be arranged for members of the public to inspect the work, and  to see the famous Bermondsey dragon at close hand.

This will form part of a continuing programme of increasing and improving public access to this landmark  grade II* listed building at the heart of Bermondsey.

Last year St James’s was added to the Heritage at Risk register.

 

London Bubble offers fun, friendly, creative sessions for children, teenagers and adults. The new term starts week commencing Saturday 21 April.

These weekly classes give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners who share the vision that ‘people make theatre’.

Classes held at 5 Elephant Lane, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JD

  • For 6-8yrs on Saturdays & Tuesdays
  • 9-11yrs on Tuesdays
  • 12-17yrs (youth theatre) on Mondays
  • Adults on Wednesdays

Fees: £60 (£30 concessions) for under 18s.  £80 (£40 concessions) for adults.  Taster classes available at start of term.

CLICK HERE to find out more,  or contact 020 7237 4434 | [email protected]

Millwall Community Trust is seeking additional Trustees from diverse backgrounds who can bring to the Trust their enthusiasm and experience gained in the local community and/or in business, industry or a profession.

MCT welcomes applications from suitably-qualified people to join its Board of Trustees to contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Trust and overseeing the Trust’s effective management.

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Trust and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been established.

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Local elections for all of London’s borough councils – including Southwark – take place on Thursday 3 May.

For Southwark, these will be the first elections to be held using the new ward boundaries drawn up after a recent review.

The official lists of candidates have now been published:

There will be a chance to meet the Rotherhithe ward and Surrey Docks ward candidates at the AGM of the Canada Water Consultative Forum on Monday 23 April.

Borough-wide issues will be on the agenda at the Southwark Leaders Debate on Tuesday 24 April.

The Poetry School – formerly based in Lambeth – has relocated to the Dock Offices in Surrey Quays Road.

Founded in 1997, the school is a registered charity and part of the Arts Council England portfolio of funded organisations.

The Victorian Dock Offices are owned by British Land.

The Poetry School has asked us to share this job advert:

Caretaker/Cleaner required

Canada Water, SE16

£10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)

Evening and weekends – hours to vary, but working 4 hours per weekday evening during term-time, with some Saturdays, and a total of 3 hours per week outside term-time

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 April, 6pm 

Locally-based caretaker and cleaner wanted for evening and weekend work at adult education arts charity in Canada Water, SE16.

We are looking for a reliable, friendly and conscientious person to undertake our caretaking and cleaning duties in the evenings and at weekends.

Main responsibilities include cleaning, acting as keyholder and locking up the premises in the evening, preparing classrooms for teaching, greeting tutors and students on arrival and providing assistance, for example, with photocopying and general queries. 

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are suitable and a copy of your CV to [email protected].

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 April for a start date of Tuesday 8 May.