Latest from Southwark Council on the Burbage resurfacing and road closures (dated 7 Feb)

Resurfacing of Burbage Road will take place between 11th and 21st February.

Work on Burbage Road, will be carried out in 4 stages. Traffic Marshals will be deployed to each Junction to monitor Traffic.

1)      Burbage Road jw Dulwich Village to Turney Road. Work will be carried out under road closure, between 11th Feb and 12th Feb 2013.

2)      Burbage Road jw Turney Road to Stradella Road.  Work will be carried out under road closure, between 13th Feb and 15th Feb 2013.

3)      Burbage Road jw Stradella Road to Half Moon Lane.  Work will be carried out under road closure, between 18th Feb and 20th Feb 2013.

4)      Table at Burbage Road jw Turney Road.  Work will be carried out under four-way traffic lights, between 20th Feb and 21st Feb 2013.

All existing humps will be replaced at same location with 100mm sinusoidal humps.

Southwark Residents get preview of the Shard viewing galleries!

Lucky Southwark residents including some from Turney and Burbage were fortunate to get a preview of a “View from the Shard” in late January.  Super fast lifts take you to the 68th viewing gallery where you get a fantastic 360 degree, never seen before, view of London from the tallest building in Western Europe.  You can also pop up to the 72nd floor which is partly open to the elements for additional viewing.  An amazing experience.

See our photos of London landmarks such as the City, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the winding River Thames, St Paul’s, also the 72nd floor taken on Sunday 27th Jan 2013 on a lovely January afternoon.

The Shard opened officially on February 1st  2013.  Full details and tickets at

The City from the Shard.  27 Jan 2013.
The City from the Shard. 27 Jan 2013.
Open to the elements on the top floor of the Shard.
Open to the elements on the top floor of the Shard.
St Paul's from the Shard
St Paul’s from the Shard
Tower Bridge, Thames and Canary Wharf from the Shard.
Tower Bridge, Thames and Canary Wharf from the Shard.

New Sculpture for Dulwich Park

February 2012   
Southwark Council shortlists artists for commission of the Dulwich Park artwork.  The commissioning process for the new sculpture for Dulwich Park has gained momentum with the announcement of the four shortlisted artists.Recent winner of the prestigious Zurich Art Prize, Ryan Gander; Turner Prize nominee in 2003, Anya Galaccio; Conrad Shawcross whose work “Metamorphosis: Titian 2012” was commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival; and internationally acclaimed Eva Rothschild have been selected.

Following the theft of the Barbara Hepworth sculpture from Dulwich Park in 2011, a steering group made up of Southwark Council representatives and members of Dulwich community groups was set up to oversee the commission of a new artwork for the park. The steering group have been working alongside the Contemporary Art Society, who were appointed last year to manage the artist commissioning process.

The selected artists now have a period of three months to develop their design proposal. Following this, a public consultation will be held in June 2013 to gauge opinion on each of the art work proposals. Details of the locations for public consultations will be made available in April.

Each artist will be judged on their ability to meet the commissioning principles agreed by both the steering group and the Contemporary Art Society ahead of the public consultation.

Commissioning principles:

Responsive to Context

The commission process for Dulwich Park should allow time for artists to engage with the Park, its history, its landscape and the communities who enjoy it. Setting an inspiring brief for the commission that encourages the artist to interpret the context sets the scene for a remarkable and responsive commission to emerge.

2. Providing an Experience of the Park

There is an opportunity to develop an artwork that provides new ways of appreciating the park – and that engages audiences dynamically.

3. A Legacy for Hepworth

The commission ultimately should represent the highest quality contemporary art, achieved by working with professional and critically endorsed artists and valuing the creative response.

4. Best Practice

As a public project it is important that the process reflects best practice commissioning guidelines. The commission should be delivered through transparent and accountable procurement processes, reflecting the necessity for a robust and sustainable artwork, managed to a high standard throughout and communicated via sensitive public engagement.

For more information please contact Rebecca Towers at Southwark Council at  rebecca.towers or call 0207 525 000

Herne Hill Velodrome Planning Consent granted

On Tuesday evening the Southwark Planning Committee approved plans to construct an Inner Track and Multi Use games Area (MUGA) and floodlighting at the Herne Hill Velodrome.

Construction will begin on these very soon with a view to completing them by the annual Good Friday Race Meeting when the cycling season kicks off.

The inner track and MUGA are designed to be used for weekday activities for schoolchildren.  The lighting will enable the track to be used for winter weekday training up until 9pm (with no Derny bike or PA systems used during these extended hours).  Other cycling activities will continue as at present throughout the year.

Residents have not been able to see a local example of the floodlighting and have expressed their disappointment at this to the trustees but planners have accepted a performance condition which will ensure that the light spillage meets the strict requirements set.

BRRA and TRRA were represented by Tyrrell Evans, Sue Badman and Louise Wood who expressed our pleasure that the site is being developed for cycling use by local community representatives and our intention to continue to develop the close and regular resident liaison with the HHVT through our Code of Conduct.