WHAT IF: no1 THE NABOURHOOD CENTRE

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WHAT IF: no1 THE NABOURHOOD CENTRE

Post by leenewham »

This is my first 'what if'.

I may do more if it's well received and who knows, perhaps the council will take notice.

What if the Nabourhod centre (this is the current version)...
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...was painted and had a bit of TASTFUL signage so people actually know what it is!. Is it that difficult or expensive to do? Some nice proper phoneboxes would be nice in such a prominent location (and remove the damaged and tired railings while your at it council too!)

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And perhaps it's worth changing the net curtains in the window. How about some fresh different coloured vertical blinds to bring a bit of colour to the high street?

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Post by Juwlz »

Looks great - prefer the top one, but either would be fab.
Mind you I favour knocking the whole lot down and making a town square!!!
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Post by Cheese Wotsits »

yes please!!
I prefer the one with the coloured blinds, but even a coat of paint will make a huge difference! I can't believe they've let it look so bad!

I guess bright colours aren't everyone's cup of tea, I like them, but we could do something similar with muted colours or even print them with something to do with Sydenham :-)
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Post by Cheese Wotsits »

yes please!!
I prefer the one with the coloured blinds, but even a coat of paint will make a huge difference! I can't believe they've let it look so bad!

I guess bright colours aren't everyone's cup of tea, I like them, but we could do something similar with muted colours or even print them with something to do with Sydenham :-)
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Post by Ronski »

that's great Lee, nice job.

I'd pick the middle one, can we rename it as well as re-brand it?
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Post by parker »

The thirds definetely the best, makes it look more stylish and covers the windows on the lower floor unlike the other two.
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Post by Thomas »

Both of the mock-ups look good - how much would they cost to implement?

Any chance you could give the street drinkers a makeover whilst you're at it (e.g. new clothes, tattoo removal, teeth whitening etc)?
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Post by Willy »

What happens in this building, I thought it was an empty office building waiting to die!
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Post by bensonby »

Willy wrote:What happens in this building, I thought it was an empty office building waiting to die!
It's the HQ for the Sydenham Literacy trust....The Sydenham Grammatical society is based next door in the Two Half's (sic)
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Post by sugahill cafe »

Great Job Lee,
Would have thought you could achieve that exterior including signage(+all materials and labour) for
roughly 3,500.Add to that the cost of the scaffolding,and the blinds.
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Post by MiniFox »

Shall we have a whip round..?
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Post by parker »

No! Im sure our extortionate taxes can pay for that!
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Post by Annie »

bensonby wrote:
Willy wrote:What happens in this building, I thought it was an empty office building waiting to die!
It's the HQ for the Sydenham Literacy trust....The Sydenham Grammatical society is based next door in the Two Half's (sic)
:lol: chuckle :lol:
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Post by Annie »

:D I Love the mock up,what a difference it makes,
clever stuff.

If only!


Do you know what Lee? I didn't realise how run down that place is,
Please do some more,its really opening up my eyes.
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Post by MiniFox »

parker wrote:No! Im sure our extortionate taxes can pay for that!
Perhaps we can persuade our MP to use it as a 2nd home and expense it?
Sorry, now I sound like a Daily Mail reader
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Post by parker »

Minifox, you dont have to be a 'Daily Mail reader' to wonder bitterly about what Lewisham is spending your money on, especially when the borough your paying taxes to live in is in a dire state. Sydenham not being the only ward!
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Post by ALIB »

i think the building definitely needs a makeover. Thanks to Lee for the mock-ups. It's hardly a shining beacon of Sydenham, and a damning criticism of it, when you consider it is operated by Lewisham Council.

I think a rebranding/renaming of the centre is in order.

'Neighbourhood Centre' anyone....?

And as for MPs expenses.....
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... claim.html
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Post by poppy »

I love the coloured blinds Lee, paint and font/sinage style. You probably know how often I have banged on about those dreadful net curtains.

I think the building is used frequently by adults with special educational needs, and cynically I know, maybe the council don't think they would appreciate nice surroundings and how wrong they would be!!!!

There is actually a rather tired and not very obvious 'community noticeboard on the outside'.

Maybe a Sydenham arts fest poster would be nice in the window or doorway, or one for the International music fest. They would brighten it up a bit....
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Post by gillyjp »

Juwlz wrote:Looks great - prefer the top one, but either would be fab.
Mind you I favour knocking the whole lot down and making a town square!!!
Steady on - you'll have the Syd Soc getting Lewisham to slap a 'conservation' status on this grotesque eyesore and then we'll be stuck with it until it falls down.

BTW - why couldn't they spell 'Neighbourhood' bit correctly when it first became that? Is it an Americanism or could someone genuinely not spell? Or am I just missing some obscure point somewhere?

Personally I am in favour of Julwz suggestion - the bulldozer job......
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Post by Robin Orton »

BTW - why couldn't they spell 'Neighbourhood' bit correctly when it first became that? Is it an Americanism or could someone genuinely not spell? Or am I just missing some obscure point somewhere?
And how do you pronounce it? I've heard some important person at a meeting say 'Nabberhood', which sounded a bit weird to me.
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