The end of Robin Hood Gardens

The Robin Hood Gardens estate was completed in 1972 and now, some forty five years later, it is undergoing phased demolition to make way for the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme.  I’ve realised its destruction isn’t something I’m going to photograph.  So instead I have been looking anew at photographs that were made prior to Open House London 2016 when I was involved in staging an onsite exhibition. These images are now in this Robin Hood Gardens project.      

Paynes Wharf

Paynes Wharf dates from the mid-nineteenth century and had been Grade 2 listed and was awaiting development when I made this image in 2010. The Italianate style facade was held up by a steel frame and the sight of Canary Wharf across the Thames through the giant arched windows compressed a scene of urban architectural change. Now the stock bricks, painted stonework, moulded cornices and rusticated keystones have all been restored and on Sunday 12 November it will be one of the first stops on a Creekside architectural photo walk I’m organising for this years Urban Photo Fest.      

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