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Rotherhithe Red Crane

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Rotherhithe Red Crane

Spirit of Bermondsey By Spirit of Bermondsey

Build a 7m tall sculpture inspired by and using the remains of the much missed ScotchDerrick crane on ThamesPath in SurreyDocks. Engaging local schools in the making and installing of the sculpture.

Southwark Delivery stage

pledged of £87,652

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

SurreyDocks in Southwark used to be one of the largest commerical docks in London. Sadly there is little left of the dock's heritage. The remains of the much missed 'ScotchDerrick Crane' on the ThamesPath were rescued by local blacksmith KevinBoys. The local community have come together to support Kevin using the remains of the crane to build a 7metre tall sculpture, as a lasting memorial to the history and heritage of the area, when Bermondsey and Rotherhithe was London's gateway to the world, teeming with boats bringing in spices, timber and grain. Our vision is to engage with local schools, teaching children about the history of the area and getting them involved in building the sculpture. We have already secured £30,000 in funding from local property developer HollyBrooke; Southwark Council are fully supportive and we even have a plinth in place on the ThamesPath, all ready for the statue!

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a 7metre tall sculpture using the rescued remains of the Scotch Derrick Crane
  • Engage local schools to bring the history of the area to life
  • Allow local schools to become involved and to learn the ancient skills of blacksmithing

Why it's a great idea:

Building the Rotherhithe Red Crane will celebrate and bring to life the unique history and heritage of the area. With a prominent position on the Thames Footpath it will become an easily recognisable icon that will draw people to visit the area (doubly so with the planned re-opening next year of a nearby and long closed section of the ThamesFootpath). Our vision of engaging with local schools will add a further dimension of educating local children about the history of their area and empowering them by getting them involved in the creation and installation of the sculpture.

Steps to get it done:

  • Agree a final size and scale for the sculpture (dependent on funding level)
  • Begin to fabricate key structural and design elements of the statue
  • Assemble the sculpture in the Forge on Surrey Docks Farm
  • Install the sculpture on the plinth already installed by the river

Location Southwark

About the space

Thames Footpath, beside SurreyDocks Farm


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £87,652

Kevin Boys FWCB and Forge workshop 6 months - £60,000 (68%)
Blacksmithing Forge workshops with 6 local Schools , 2 days workshops per school - £12,000 (14%)
coal, steel and consumables - £5,000 (6%)
installation - £5,000 (6%)
Other - £5,652 (6%)

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.

Kevin Boys FWCB and Forge workshop 6 months
Blacksmithing Forge workshops with 6 local Schools , 2 days workshops per school
coal, steel and consumables
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £87,652

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