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DK-CM’s ‘second London lighthouse’ opens

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A temporary pavilion designed by DK-CM has opened on a Thames-side site at Erith in south-east London

The 38m² structure, providing a new dining and community events space, has been constructed from theatrical rigging and is clad in coloured polycarbonate.

Drawn up in collaboration with multidisciplinary design practice The Decorators, the scheme, which is topped by a prominent lantern structure, is being billed as London’s second lighthouse – the other being at Trinity Buoy Wharf in Tower Hamlets.

According to DK-CM, the design of the building has been inspired by ‘the fragile structures that once lined the Thames in Erith whilst also borrowing languages from Erith’s industrial present and recent history’.

The project has been commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley and funded by the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund as part of Bexley’s Greater Erith Programme to reactivate the town centre.

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Project data

Location Erith, Bexley
Type of project Temporary pavilion
Client London Borough of Bexley (with support from the Mayor of London)
Architect DK-CM
Curation The Decorators
Structural engineer Blue
Lighting consultant Nicholas Alexander
Main contractor Nicholas Alexander
Tender date May 2017
Start on site June 2017
Completion August 2017
Gross internal floor area 38m²
Total cost Undisclosed

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