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Weathervane once again flying high on Carnegie Building

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018

Carnegie open house tour. Picture: Bexley Council

Carnegie open house tour. Picture: Bexley Council

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The weathervane on the iconic Carnegie Building in Erith is working again following months of painstaking restoration work.

The weathervane before. Picture: Bexley CouncilThe weathervane before. Picture: Bexley Council

Local sculptor Heather Burrell carried out the intricate work on the blowing sails and dragonhead, referring to images of the Mayflower ship as a guideline.

The ship’s sails, flag and damaged mast, have all been restored to their original pristine condition.

The axle pin, supporting brackets and wooden beam situated inside the doomed turret have also been replaced.

Deputy council leader and cabinet member for growth, Cllr Louie French, said: “These are exciting times for Erith.

An artist impression of how the Carnegie basement will look once restored. Picture: Bexley CouncilAn artist impression of how the Carnegie basement will look once restored. Picture: Bexley Council

“I am delighted that work on this beautiful building is progressing.

“We recognise the importance of this landmark to people in the borough and are looking forward to it opening as a space for creativity and community later this year.”

The building, which is being worked on as part of a regeneration project, saw more than 120 people visit over the weekend (September 22 and 23) as part of the Open House London programme.

They were given a sneak preview of the restoration work with Robin Lee Architects, The Exchange and London Borough of Bexley’s project manager leading tours and answering questions.

Restored weathervane. Picture: Bexley CouncilRestored weathervane. Picture: Bexley Council

The Exchange is taking on the long-term lease of the building and will launch in the new year with a community building programme, where participants will be able to make ceramics and gain sewing and woodworking skills while contributing to the future of the space.

The improvements to the Carnegie building are funded by London Borough of Bexley and its partners, including the Mayor of London.

Erith will be one of the first places in the borough to benefit from the council’s ambitious growth plans, with a programme of regeneration aimed at developing the area into a thriving riverside community.

The building has sat at the gateway to Erith since 1906, and many residents have memories of the building as the town’s library and museum.

For more information about the progress of the restoration work, go to www.greatererith.com or follow ‘Greater Erith’ on Facebook and Twitter.

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