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Saturday 21 May 2011 6.57pm
According to [url=]this letter[/url] submitted in connection with a planning application for the continued use of the pavilion building as an estate agent's office, Costa Coffee and Crussh have expressed interest in the retail units at the bottom of the tower.

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Tuesday 31 January 2012 2.01am
TAK wrote:
On another topic, I thought there was a section 106 clause for some public art located in the space between tower and pavillion building.
Does anyone know what's happening with this?

Strata Section 106 Agreement
PUBLIC ART (definition): A work of art to be installed within the entrance area of the Development predominantly of glass unless otherwise agreed

8.1: Prior to Occupation, the Developer will commission and install within the Development the Public Art. The value of the Public Art (including the cost of installation) shall be approximately £100,000

Did this ever surface?
Tuesday 31 January 2012 9.22am
yes. Though it's not easy to explain how.

There was an exhibition in one of the commercial units. Artworks produced by LCC students, I think. These are not shows as giant stickers on window panes on each side of the entrance to the building. More graphic design than art, really...
Tuesday 31 January 2012 9.57am
who's responsible for enforcing S106 agreements? what happens if the developer just doesn't bother doing what they said they'd do (as, it appears, in this case).

if the developer really reckons a few students' photos on vinyl counts as £100,000, they're having a laugh at our expense.
Tuesday 31 January 2012 10.06am
The programme will carry on for years to come (I don't remember the details unfortunately) and they will in the end spend all the money they pledged.

I do agree that it's a bit of a cop out though. I would have prefered a statue or some such.

I am guessing Southwark's planning department would be in charge of enforcing S106s.
Tuesday 31 January 2012 11.24am
I'm keen on statues, but what if the people responsible for strata chose it? Why make the Elephant even uglier?
Tuesday 31 January 2012 5.29pm
Seems like the website is down. This was where the art that was chosen from the students of Camberwell Art School could be seen. The same art that people are describing above that was up in the empty units at the bottom.

Doesn't really seem like £100,000 worth of hard cash has been spent really.

Couldn't we have a nice statue outside on the pavement? A giant pink elephant maybe. Or a day-glo animated Charlie Chaplin or some such nonsense. He he
Tuesday 31 January 2012 5.31pm
since the borisbike dock isn't working, maybe that counts as art? :)
Thursday 8 March 2012 2.11am
Public Art at Strata FOI answer:

"The council can confirm that Clause 8.1 of the section 106 agreement has now been fully complied with. Below we have set out details of how the developer complied with this clause.

‘’Public Art’’ - A work of art to be installed within the entrance area of the development predominately of glass unless otherwise agreed.

8.1 - Prior to occupation, the developer will commission and install within the development the public art. The value of the public art (including the cost of installation) shall be approximately £100.000.

Castle House Developments Limited’s (CHDL) approach to delivering the public art as part of the Castle House redevelopment was that it should be both relevant to the project and reflective of the wider community
surrounding the development. It should be dynamic and wide ranging, preferably drawing upon the input of numerous rather than one local artist.

Consequently, rather than simply appointing the Elephant & Castle’s artist in residence, CHDL approached Camberwell College of a Arts in 2010 to
design the Public Art. Either side of the main entrance doors to Strata are two large glass panels enclosing the foyer area (4500mm x 1375mm each, portrait). Integral to the development but accessible to the public eye at all times, these panels formed the ideal palette for the Public Art.

On 29 April 2010, Camberwell students were asked to create a piece of artwork that represented the theme of the Strata development – ‘’community and sustainable leaving’. The medium could be anything from painting, drawing and photography to sculpture that could be represented/reproduced in a two dimensional format on these two large glass panels.

36 initial concepts were submitted and on 19 May 2010, a panel of four judges shortlisted 13 pieces as finalists to be created and then the finished artworks were judged and on 24 June 2010 six bursaries were awarded to the winning students.

The four artworks awarded the top bursaries were reproduced and each displayed on the glass panels either side of the entrance foyer for part
of the following year. All finalists’ work was exhibited and then auctioned on the evening of Strata’s official launch on Thursday 1 July 2010. All monies raised from the action went back to the community and the Camberwell College of Arts.

The set up cost and judging panel for this public art programme in 2010 included bursaries; artwork reproduction; exhibition set up cost and consultant fees. CHDL believes that this public art programme entered into with the Camberwell College of Art more than satisfies the development’s S106 obligations in relation to the provision of public art. This
programme provides the opportunity to engage with the local community and the local artists and provides a platform for public art that no single commission could match or exceed. Further the programme could be
replicated, providing a legacy of art in the community.

Clause 8.1 specifically states that the cost of installation should be included in the assessment of the value of the public art. Consequently,
the installation costs, the public art programme and the value of the artwork itself together can be attributed a value which is in excess of
the £100.000 required by the S106 agreement."

Draw your own conclusions...
Thursday 8 March 2012 8.38am
'Draw your own conclusions...'

... and apply for funding?

Using students would have been the cheap option as they would not have been paid a fee. The work was temporary and therefore required no further commitment/maintenance costs and a consultant went home with a tidy sum in his pocket.

It reads like a cop-out of their responsibilities.

Even assuming an artist asked for a £50,000 personal fee, you'd still potentially get a fairly substantial piece of art with the change. You could have yourself a nice little bronze figurine of a cleaner/road sweep on a plinth as people walked in for that sum.

I'm curious why they chose not to work with the artist in residence and wonder if there is a clue here to their strategy. If the local artist was engaged fully with the issues in the area it might have made for 'difficult', read political and therefore unattractive to the developer.
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