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Forge reveals Bermondsey sea wall sculpture

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Forge Architects has unveiled a new war memorial project, which places a statue on a replica sea wall in Bermondsey

The replica of the famous ‘Zeebrugge mole’ sea wall commemorates war hero Albert McKenzie VC, who took part in the 1918 Belgian port raid.

The £80,000 scheme is planned for the intersection of Towerbridge Road and Decima Street and will be paid for in whole by donations of no more than £100 per person or £1,000 per business.

Tim Wood, director at Forge said: ‘The design is to mount a representation of the mole – it’s not slavish, it takes something of the flavour.

‘We’ve designed it so you climb the mole to see the statue at eye level.’

The proposal clears ‘clutter’ from the area and repaves it in a uniform dark blue ‘sea’  which ‘crashes’ a section of the Zeebrugge mole. The wall is weathered stone formed of ‘non-aligned’ planes.

Jane Furlong, a war memorial expert at the Imperial War Museum, said: ‘Even though you have a lot of distractions with the shops and street furniture and trees all around, it seems to work very well – it looks as though it’s in situ.’

 She compared its ‘modern design and feel’ to The Women of World War II memorial at Whitehall. She said: ‘There is not any other war memorial that’s similar stylistically.’

Local blacksmith Kevin Boys designed the sculpture.

Forge in January unveiled its scheme for a £500,000 statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel nearby at the mouth of the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

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