The South Shall Rise Again: Cutty Sark Gardens and Ravensbourne College


Over the next few weeks, we’ll be documenting some of the biggest and most exciting changes taking place across South East London. From huge new housing projects to investment in the area’s heritage sites, this part of London is subject to many of the capital’s most ambitious plans.

We’ll start with two projects that hug the banks of London’s Mason-Dixon Line:

Proposals have been submitted to improve Cutty Sark Gardens [above], providing a new landscape setting for a restored Cutty Sark, due to reopen in 2011.

Greenwich.co.uk says:

The designs include 6,540 sq m of new stone covering, less steps to a make it more pedestrian friendly, an interactive “wet floor” feature, clear cyclist route and green planters.

Meanwhile, Ravensbourne College’s £70 million relocation to state-of the art premises next to the O2 is complete.


853Blog has a report from the opening of the centre, noting that it now forms a belt of creative excellence that stretches to Goldsmiths, via the Laban Centre and Trinity College of Music.

16 comments:

Mb said...

"belt of creative excellence" have you ever thought of a career in PR?

Brockley Nick said...

Not my words, MB, the words of 853 Blog.

Anonymous said...

Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum.

To make up your mind about huge residential developments you should go for a walk around the Kidbroke estate.

Brockley Nick said...

Currently being knocked down and replaced with something vastly better - one of the projects to come in this series (PS - it's the Ferrier)

wendy said...

what's the mason dixon line?

pedant said...

"Fewer" steps.

Brockley Nick said...

Oh yes, one of my pet hates too. Feel free to tell Greenwich.co.uk what you think of their grammar.

Grammar Gray said...

Its grammar. Not their.

Anonymous said...

Is Ravensbourne going to be able to afford this? I hear they're axing courses in the wake of the Browne review.

Anonymous said...

@wendy. The Mason Dixie line is the border between a number of US states drawn up by two surveyors (namely Mr Mason and Mr Dixie) who were asked to arbitrate a border dispute.

The term came to have a broader meaning after the American Civil War as it was approx the border between the northern states which prohibited slavery and the southern states which allowed slavery - the line therefore came to represent the
cultural divide between north and south.

The US term "going below the Mason Dixie line" is therefore somewhat similar to the London expression "going south of the river" implying a cultural as well as geographic divide.

Anonymous said...

Mason-Dixon isn't it?

Monkeyboy said...

The exterior looks fantastic. It would give Prince Charles a coronary, which is endorsement enough in my book.

Tamsin said...

Indeed Mason-Dixon (as BN said in the original post) and to rhyme (according to Tom Lehrer) with "fixin'".

On grammar - my feeling is that it sometimes sounds less forced if a collective body like a Council or company can be grammatically plural - "their" not "its" - although it does give Microsoft's grammar-check the green wobblies.

On the building - the interior might be fantastic but the exterior gives me a headache just to look at a photograph! Is nerve-jangling frenzy condusive to effective study? The students wont need caffiene - just a quick trip outside the front doors.

Monkeyboy said...

Remember most of the students will be below 30, all the kids like a bit of sensory overload.

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