Paul Busby & Jim Savage
Paul told The Observer: “Jim and I rescued the spire in 2011 in a moment of historic architectural empathy and probable financial madness when demolition became inevitable.
“This is a one off item, very rarely available, which hasn’t been cheap to rescue, and will cost a bob or two for us to re-erect for a discerning customer.
“We found lot of the history of the chapel in a time capsule under the foundation stone giving us an insight into life in Edwardian Walsall. We tracked the builders and architects, and the cost of the build which was £3,600.
Black Country chapel spire.
via Fancy buying a church spire? | Leamington Observer.
Destruction driven by the 20% VAT penalty on property refurbishment? Demolition of Wychwood House on the Woodberry Down Estate, London in June 2007. Photo: Sarflondondunc via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
When I’m not teaching students, I help run a sustainable architecture firm and entirely by accident, we find ourselves in the business of destroying perfectly good houses and sending them off to landfill, all in the name of sustainable design.
via Use VAT to reward ‘green’ refurbishment – not demolition – The Ecologist.
Anyone who considers themself an entrepreneur or innovator in waste prevention, or would like to become one, can find out more and apply at http://www.wrap.org.uk/iwp2.
via Funding available for waste prevention entrepreneurs (From Watford Observer).
The Converse Wall of Clash mural on the Powerhouse building at The Old Vinyl Factory, in Hayes.
The building, sat empty and left decaying for decades, is now a dazzling reminder of its heyday, when it was part of the record-pressing plant which produced and shipped copies of classic LPs by the likes of the Beatles, the Sex Pistols and Pink Floyd.
via The Old Vinyl Factory Powerhouse building, in Blyth Road, Hayes, transformed by street artists for the Converse Wall of Clash. – Get West London.
The Big Green Bus was originally part of the west midlands metro transit system and purchased by its new owner (and renovator) Adam Collier-Woods for approximately $7,500 at auction on eBay.
via Mobile Hotel: Converted Double-Decker Bus B&B Still Drives | Urbanist.