Friday, July 4, 2008

Proposed redevelopment of Surrey Quays Leisure Park

Following quite neatly on from my previous post (see below), I found on my doormat a single glossy page of A4 outlining Frogmore's proposals for the Surrey Quays Leisure Park (the cinema, bowling alley etc). For those of you who haven't received the page, here's a summary.

There is an exhibition to be held, with the purpose of obtaining feedback, on Friday 11th July 2008 (1700-1900) and Saturday 12th July 2008 (1000-1300) at Alfred Salter Primary School, Quebec Way, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7PL. They say that at the exhibition "the local community will have the opportunity to discuss the potential for this site and view our initial ideas for its redevelopment". Project members will be there to discuss ideas with members of the public.

If you are unable to attend you can contact Aziun Choudhury on 0870 066 8734 or by email at
You can also write to FREEPOST RLSX-KHXT-BGSR, Four Communications, 48 Leicester Square, Lodnon, WC2H 7FG.


Finally, I didn't realize that the road that leads through the development was called Teredo Street. This is a bit of trivia, but it is quite interesting. Teredos are actually bivalves although they are commonly called ship worms. They are amazingly destructive because they tunnel through wood, and were devestating to the wooden ship building industries of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Marc Brunel used their activities, inspected through a microscope, to design the prototype for the Thames Tunnel's engineering design - a wormhole on a slightly larger scale! Teredo wood is natural wood that has been fossilized with the remains of shipworm damage - I've seen examples in the Faiyum Depression in Egypt (in the Valley of Whales), where the only sign of the wood's original shape is preserved by the tunneling remains of the Teredo.

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