Tuesday 29 August 2006 10.12am
and here's a shot of the sad site, with the gloating digger, it's not clear why they stopped half way.
I'm really sad about this, initially the work looked like restoration until the weekend digger action. It's reminiscent of the diggers moving in on the Goldfinger Odeon cinema over a weekend just as an article appeared in the Sunday papers appealing for it to be listed.
Checking the councils planning register, this has been on the cards for a while. The planning dept turned down an application to convert it to an artists studio and two flats above around 2001.
There's since be an application around 2005, which was passed to demolish and build a block of 10 flats. There looks like there was a clause on noise measurement either during the demolition, or for the poor residents who will be meters away from the Thames link. We didn't receive any notice of this in Metro Central, although have just received notification of clearence of another site of old pub in the South Bank University campus.
Jackie no idea if it's St George, but unlikely, the application was made in the name of an architects firm.
It would have been nice to see the Duke of Wellington restored back to a pub, it's the twin of the Duke of York just up Southwark Bridge Road
which does well from the Mori office etc near by but is closed at weekends.
Most of the pubs around here, like the Hand in Hand are true locals, which I'm frankly a bit scared to go in. The King William? on the other side of the Rockingham has made an attempt to be a bit more accessible, leafleting around Trinity Church Sq when they first converted etc, but doesn't look like it's been too successful, they're now missing most of the letters in their name. Perhaps regeneration when it finally arrives would have giving the site a boast and made it viable again, a site this close to the railway is surely better as a pub than flats.
The Elephant sorely needs it's original buildings otherwise it's in danger of becoming another bland MORE London style development. Although I know it's easy to say this, and running a pub at this site wasn't...
Shouldn't we keep the buildings that work and replace / convert those that don't, after all you can't be expected to get everthing right the first time. Having said this I guess at this moment of time the Duke of York didn't...