Work will be carried out over the weekend to get gas supplies up and running for residents in the east wing at Bevin Court. I’m waiting for an update on when the work is likely to be finished. Hopefully after weeks without gas things will be sorted out soon.
See you all at the Bevin Court Summer Barbecue
Sunday 23 May 2016, a year and a day to the day we launched the Bevin Court Community Restoration project, we were able to unveil the brilliant outcomes to everyone.
We were lucky enough to have a great team on hand to help with all the arrangements for the afternoons celebrations. Julia, Carol, Sue and Nancy and many other residents were enthusiastic in taking care of all the victualing and organizing. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a great spread.
Julia had the great idea of making a cake with a picture of the mural on it. It worked so well that she made two…and some cupcakes with bulls heads to boot!
John Allan kindly introduced the audience to the topic and after a few thanks from Julia Barclay (Chair of the TRA and the main reason the project ever got off the ground) and Alex Smith (Project coordinator) we passed proceedings onto one of only two remaining original tenants of Bevin Court.
Joan Edmonds was kind enough to unveil our beautifully restored mural Day and Night, Winged Bulls by Peter Yates. Joan has lived in Bevin Court since 1954 and has many fantastic memories about the place. You can listen to Joan and Carol, another original Bevin Court resident, recalling memories of the past 60 years in one of our oral histories.
We all got a chance to watch the great films that our young film makers made for us last summer. And even the community police got a bit of a break when they popped by to support the celebrations and have a piece of cake. We were thrilled to have Jolyon Yates, Peter Yates’ son, with us for the celebrations. The family have been indispensable in figuring out the complex history of the mural and it was brilliant to have him attend.
We were sad to be missing some of the most important people from the occasion: the conservation team. They had quite deservedly gone on holiday, so we will have to pass on our greatest thanks to them for enabling us to unveil a truly remarkable mural, restored to its former glory by a brilliant team.
We recently had a visit to Bevin court by Elain Harwood from Heritage England. Elain has been a fan of Bevin Court for years and has included it in her numerous books.
We were lucky enough to be able to explore Bevin Court with Elain for an afternoon with her film crew. This is what they produced these shorts about the BT Tower and Bevin Court.
Take a look at the BBC’s The concrete truth? Brutalism can be beautiful and find out what Elain thinks of Bevin Court.
The Peter Yates’ mural at Bevin court has had a very exciting life, it’s been painted over twice and is now in the process of being restored. Along with the hunt to find the detail of the original scheme, there is also a tremendous amount of work being done to find out what the original colour scheme was for the mural.
The conservation team sent samples of paint layers from the mural off to a lab to be tested. Through this the team discovered that the paints had a significantly different tone in the origional scheme.
Tom and his team then match up all the colours and have produced swatches of the colours that will be used to reinstate the original look and fee of the mural.
Take a look at the below image to see the difference between the colour painted pre 1989 and the original colour scheme. To the left of the image is the modern brighter colour blue. to the right is the more subtle, dusky 1950s blue. We think the finished produce is going to look amazing.