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Malden Manor Mosaic Makeover

Funded on Spacehive 18 October 2017 Delivered 23 March 2019

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Malden Manor Mosaic Makeover

Save The World Club By Save The World Club

Transforming a graffitied archway in Malden Manor by installing a vibrant mosaic mural designed & created by the local community. This will create safe access to an area of beautiful unused open space

Surbiton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 18 Oct 2017!

In Malden Manor we have an amazing open meadow alongside the Hogsmill river. However this meadow is separated from a large residential area by a daunting concrete railway bridge that has been used for many years as a graffiti hot spot. This has put people and families off using this meadow (which is the site where the famous painting Ophelia by artist Millais was painted). We want to transform the underneath of this bridge by working with the community (including students from local schools, the scouts, the local church, mosque and rotary club) to design and create a vibrant mosaic celebrating the local community.

What we'll deliver:

  • Run workshops to design and build a community mosaic mural
  • Paint in a complementary design on parts of the bridge around the mosaics
  • Help bring the community together who wouldn't usually mix
  • Create safe access to an area of natural beauty which is currently underutilised
  • Provide local people with new skills and opportunities
  • Work with volunteers to clear the space of weeds, install a fence along the river and do some planting
  • Reduce the need (and cost) on the Council to paint anti-graffiti paint on the bridge

Why it's a great idea:

The residents of Malden Manor have a brilliant space called Six Acre Meadow, which is a underused oasis hidden behind an urban estate. People hardly know this space exists, and they don't know of its historical importance. The mural and accompanying publicity will unlock and draw attention to this underused natural space. Making mosaics using recycled tiles has proved over the years that areas blighted by graffiti have been transformed, graffiti is no longer an issue in these areas and communities feel safer using these spaces. The project will be kick started with children in local schools designing the mosaic images with the help of our experienced artist. Once the winning designs have been chosen, we will hold workshops in various local social spaces involving everyone in the community to build the mosaic. We will transfer the design onto the wall of the bridge and paint the surrounding area in a similar style to the final design. We aim to create a buzz and a tourist destination.

Steps to get it done:

  • The project is launched on Spacehive
  • Network Rail and the Met Police promote the project to community groups and local schools
  • Save the World Club launch the mosaic design competition (focus on local schools, scouts and cadets)
  • The final design(s) are selected
  • Save the World Club and Kingston Council produce a detailed volunteer plan and risk assessment
  • Ten workshops are held with the community to create the mosaic
  • Volunteers (from the community, Kingston Council & Network Rail) clear the area under the bridge and paint the bridge
  • Landscaping at the entrance of the bridge is carried out (IDVerde and volunteers)
  • The completed mosaic structure is approved by Network Rail and is installed on the bridge by Save the World Club
  • The re-vamped bridge is declared open and communities, stakeholders, press & funders are invited to a celebration event

Many people see Kingston upon Thames as a wealthy and affluent area. However, there are pockets of poverty. A study by Kingston University recently found that many residents in Malden Manor are socially isolated and feel unsafe in the community and open spaces available to them. This project will help to change this by bringing the community together to help create access to safe natural open space and a sense of belonging and pride in the community. We hope that this buzz will create a place where more people and families will want to spend time recreationally, which will have a knock on impact in supporting the local shops and businesses in the area. There is strong public support for this project, and the excitement is building. A real legacy will be created, a sustainable piece of art which the residents of Malden Manor can be proud of for many years to come.

Location Surbiton

About the space

Six Acre Meadow, the Hogsmill river.


Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

How will the money be spent?Total £12,512

Mosaic workshops - £2,000 (16%)
Artist - £1,800 (14%)
Tiles, glass blobs and embellishments - £1,600 (13%)
Wild flower and bulb - £1,250 (10%)
Miscellaneous (full breakdown available on request) - £1,237 (10%)
Consultation Time - £600 (5%)
Mosaic Completion 3 days - £600 (5%)
Installation - £500 (4%)
Tree Works - £500 (4%)
XXL Wedi Board - £470 (4%)
Other - £1,955 (16%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Mosaic workshops
Tiles, glass blobs and embellishments
Wild flower and bulb
Miscellaneous (full breakdown available on request)
Consultation Time
Mosaic Completion 3 days
Tree Works
XXL Wedi Board
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Volunteer and Transport
  • High power cordless hammer drill
  • Gazebo for outdoor working
  • Grout and Grout Tools
  • Portable trestle tables x3
  • Cement Adhesive
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £12,512

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Wild flowers and bulbs Gardening tools Soil Wooden fencing Paint

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