Brockley Station repairs

After some haranguing on Twitter from BCers, Lewisham Council has provided us with this update about the remedial work being done at Brockley Station at the moment.

The original refurbishment work, done in 2009, was so shoddy that bits started peeling off it from the day it opened and large puddles form whenever it rains, so that the people of west Brockley have been wading through dirty water ever since a drought was declared.

The good news is that it's being sorted and that the team originally responsible has been replaced by the same project lead who's been in charge of the Brockley Cross works, which so-far appear to be of good quality. Here's the statement:

“The Council is acutely aware of and regrets the continuing inconvenience to people who use the Brockley footbridge, resulting from rainwater collecting alongside the entrance to Brockley station. Our intention is to install a transverse, rainwater, drainage channel which will run across the pedestrian walkway, at the side of the station entrance. However, before we can do so, we have to wait whilst the channel’s made to measure components are fabricated. 

We were advised, by the manufacturer, that the order period for the channel is 6 weeks. This has meant that our contractor will not be able to install the drainage channel until after 23rd May. As well as the installation of the drainage channel, our contractor will be carrying out some maintenance/improvement work on and around the access staircase. 

The black, rubber, anti-slip edging strips to the staircase’s treads will be removed and replaced with a hand-laid, inset, resin bound material. Joints, running between the paving slabs and the brick/concrete boundary walls, will be pointed up with a flexible, waterproof material. 

 We hope that these measures will result in much needed improvements to this busy location.”

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Non-constructive complaints below...

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what's going on with the big block of land at the bottom of the steps as you come out of Brockley Station (opposite Speedy Cars) ... looks like development might be going on there, it's a fair bit of space back from the rail

@HighStreetBen said...

Good stuff- all (finally) coming together
.. Anyone else think re. Brockley Cross works there is room for more trees, public art, sculpture, etc? Pavement is huge!

mb said...

Good that there has been some acknowledgement at least. Hopefully being sorted at Conway's expense? The remedial works, flexible filler etc seems like mittigation rather than a rebuild. Better than nowt but amazed that Conway's own people presented it as complete let alone Lewisham accepting it. The stair origional nosings were particularly shoody and actually added a trip hazzard rather than highlighted the edge.

Ed (CPZ) said...

So did we get value for money?

Seems unlikely considering the huge waste in labour and materials and I doubt Conways took the hit as Lewisham don't seem to have very good contract lawyers (or there are dark and sinister forces at work;))

Faux Berry said...

Anybody know anything about where we are with steps up to the elbow of the ramp? You'd think that there would be some kind of health and safety argument about the state of the quagmire to get up there...

Anonymous said...

Stopping more bad development in the Brockley Station area ... sign here:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/planning-6mantleroad/signatures/page/2

Anonymous said...

Sorry here's the URL:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/planning-6mantleroad/

Brockley Nick said...

@High Street Ben - totally agree. I was planning a thread on that topic soon.

Matt-Z said...

@Nick

You may recall a public clock and fountain are already on my wish list. But how about a statue of a famous local resident (past or present)? Alas the list is a bit thin, for example:

Lilly Langtry (Edwardian actress/floozy)
John Galliano (racist dressmaker)
Harry Price ('psychic' charlatan)

There's a full line up on Wikipedia but none are particularly inspiring, apart from maybe Sybil Phoenix.

Aricana said...

Agree with anon (11.31 and 11.32)please consider signing the petition opposing the current development proposals for 6 Mantle Road:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/planning-6mantleroad/

Anonymous said...

@matt-z - John Galliano did NOT go up in Brockley!

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt the list is as long as your arm.

Shaun Wright-Phillips
The author of King Kong
The author of Tarka the Otter (also a bit racist)
Kate Bush
Gabrielle

etc

But if you are being serious - no, I hate statues like that.

Anonymous said...

David Haig! He'd have none of your namby-pamby, mungy-wungy, yummy-mummy nonsense Nick!

Brockley Nick said...

David Haig is ace of course, I never said I'd given a definitive list.

But here is your red-meat hero.

http://bit.ly/KKw2ID

"He and his wife moved to Brockley over 20 years ago, and remain devoted residents of the leafy quarter.

"He recalls first coming to the area in 1987: “It was a corner of London that people didn’t know existed; they’d mistake it for a vegetable, or a part of Kent!” Keen gardeners, the couple were attracted by the big houses with high ceilings and large outdoor spaces. “There are a lot of arty people in the conservation area,” he observes. “I love being a part of a neighbourhood that’s as varied as it is.”"

As well as being two of the finest comic talents of our respective generations, it seems that Haig and I have similar ideas about what makes a place good to live in.

Anonymous said...

I prefer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0d5pAnzJfo

Brockley Nick said...

I see what you've done. You've confused a character - written by the execrable Ben Elton, which was designed to satirise boorish morons - with real life. Explains a lot.

Oli said...

Thanks for the update on the puddle fix.

It would have been great if they'd put a up a sign saying 'under repair - parts ordered and due late May'.

Then we'd know what was going on and not feel it had been abandoned again.

Little things like that can make a big difference!

Matt-Z said...

Nick I'm not entirely serious about a statue, but any public artwork would be good.

How about an equestrian statue outside the station next to the London Overground roundel? Of Lou, flogging a dead horse.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this, Nick?

http://london-underground.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/spotted-at-south-kensington-tube.html

Ed (CPZ) said...

'...any public artwork would be good'.

I disagree; see the MOT murals and the poem on the wall. Art is often divisive so should be very carefully considered in the context of the public domain that we all share.

Perosnally I'd like to thank all those involved in the common project again; it really is a treat to walk past.

Anonymous said...

The MOT murals are awesome; I suspect many locals don't like them for the same reason they don't go in Gulen's Wine Bar - they once saw a black person in them.

Anonymous said...

So you'd rather have no artwork at all than something which challenges and provokes debate and discussion? Drab world you live in.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, can't agree with Ed here. Divisive art is better than no art. It's not like we're talking about Piss Christ or a Myra Hindley portrait.

Anonymous said...

I for one really liked the Piss Christ... aesthetically it's actually really nice

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs41/f/2009/055/1/2/Pisschrist_Extendo_by_Erevis.jpg

Honest fare.

Matt-Z said...

That was me at 17:09.

Something even slightly controversial would generate interest well beyond Brockley.

CPR said...

Hmm, last time I checked you could buy drainage sections off the peg in 1m sections - even heavy duty, vandal proof drainage... so not sure why bespoke fittings are required...

If I was cynical I would think that the contractor is buying some time whilst he completes other more lucrative work.

Ed (CPZ) said...

I also liked piss christ but wouldn't want to see it at the station.

'Divisive art is better than no art'; again I disagree. Public art should a) be art (and I for one think the murals are decorative painting by a skilled artisan) and two b) sensitive to those who live in and use the area.

We expect to find art in a gallery and can elect to visit or not but the rules for public art should be very different.

@brave Anon 17:07 - you can't see into Gulens for the purposes of racial identification or otherwise, please explain.

Anonymous said...

You can however see people go into it or stick your head in yourself.

Now stop squirming and let me love you.

BrockleyKate said...

I was about to say that last time we got a piece of public art it was the appalling rabbit-abusing mural, but then I remembered that I think the lovely cherry-blossom mosaic at the station was created after that abomination was inflicted on Brockley.
Anyway - statue, no thanks. Also, I think that whoever is responsible should completely re-plan the main area outside the station - those little white railings are in completely the wrong place now that both the steps and the platform 2 gates have changed in recent years. Remove them, create a public plaza-type space, and give people much more freedom in where they walk. Oh and also re-site the recycling and waste bins, which at the moment are situated exactly in the place which gets in people's way most. They're the focus of the scene at the moment - very unattractive.

Anonymous said...

I loved the rabbit thing. Something a bit different!

Thomas Hardy said...

Meanwhile, on the platforms, Network Rail's contractors are carrying out some ground investigation works on Tuesday and Wednesday night as part of an improvement programme for the station. They have also been building a retaining wall and doing other bits and pieces. Not sure what the end result is planned to be.

This work will all have to pause soon though, as there's an agreement to not do improvement works around and during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Thomas Hardy said...

Surely the perfect statue would be of a badger, holding aloft rhubarb?

Brockley Nick said...

Broca being an ancient word for rhubarb...

Ed (CPZ) said...

Shiny new displays going in at 10:00.

'I loved the rabbit thing. Something a bit different!' -most things are 'different' from most other things; am I missing something?

I imagine the whole area will be tidied/joined up when the MOT property is redeveloped.

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