Nunhead Station




Since no-one came up with any photos of the new artwork at Nunhead Station, we jogged over there at sunset tonight and got some of our own. It's a rather lovely gateway, which does with metal what Rob Ryan does with paper. It transforms a humdrum station entrance and shows an admirable commitment by Southwark Council to provide a high-quality public realm.

On our way back along St Asaph Road, we saw the streetlamps that a few readers have mentioned. Southwark has installed retro metal lamps all along the street, which vastly improve its appearance. We got this rubbishy shot, which just about gives you the idea.


The handsome metal lampposts (right) give way to concrete beasts (left) at the borough boundary, where Nunhead meets west Brockley. It's indicative of a wider commitment to high-quality design shown by Southwark (see also, Dulwich's bollards) that Lewisham would do well to copy.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is Southwark better to live in than Lewisham,I dont think so.
Arty Station entrances and oldie world lamp posts are really good ya.

Anonymous said...

£250 cheaper per year in Council Tax versus Lewisham.

Council Tax. Pah!

What have the Council ever done for us....

Lou Baker said...

Come to Souhwark.

Get stabbed on a street lit by swanky lamp posts and surrounded by public art.

Lou Baker said...

Come to Southwark.

Get stabbed on a street lit by swanky lamp posts and surrounded by public art.

Anonymous said...

I do think they look much nicer, from what I can make out, and if we were given a choice between the southwark ones and the Lewisham ones, I'd pick southwark every time. However, I'm a little uncomfortable with Victoriana. It reminds me of people who put up fake coving and ceiling roses from B&Q. I think the ultimate would be a new, modern, attractive design.

Headhunter said...

I applaud Southwark's attempts at improving the streetscape. How about it Lewisham? Lewisham BC was one of the only boroughs in London if not the UK to raise council tax last year at a time when everyone was being forced to tighten their belts. Anyone seen any evidence of what that money was blown, I mean, spent on?

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - I know what you mean about faux Victoriana, but they're tastefully done and the streets are Victorian, so I think they're fine. Elegant modern would be fine too.

Lou, should someone who lives in New Cross be quite so rude about Nunhead's crime rates?

Anonymous said...

a "high quality public realm"?

wotev mate

Anonymous said...

Well there gonna blow £200,000 on temporary landscaping in Lewisham.

Anonymous said...

Lou, you live in SE London. I've told you before about that self loathing, you're not Catholic are you?

Tamsin said...

It looks lovely - must go see in the metal.

Pastiche should not necessarily be a dirty word - where the street-scape is Victorian, as you say, no problem with Victoriana replicas. And easier than getting really good quality modern design.

Monkeyboy said...

I'm still not over that mock gothic monstrosity in Wesminster. Load of rubish.

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Lou Baker said...

@nick - I actually live nearer Nunhead than New Cross and as a free-spirited Londoner I care about crime figures everywhere - not ones sorted by arbitary boundaries.

@anon - no self-loathing here. And you'd never get me near any kind of church. Almost without exception they are a waste of space. Discuss.

Brockley Nick said...

@Lou - you're the one who brought arbitrary boundaries in to this...

Headhunter said...

I quite like the "mock Gothic montrosity"

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, the Nunhead sculpture, planting, landscaping and temporary outdoor community gallery/signboard cost less than £40,000. This included fees for the external project manager (fuzzzypeople consultants), the artists (Randy Klein) design and co-ordination fees, landscape (Charlotte Medcalf) design fees, a new power supply for the Neon light; new skills and increased community involvement for young offenders (planting and making the timber planters). The increased sense of conviviality amongst local residents and businesses is perhaps 'priceless'....

drakefell debaser said...

The timber planters are really nice as well.

Planters like that would look grand in many places around Brockley.

drakefell debaser said...

Perhaps the timber yard would be prepared to donate some timber for the local area too.

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